Kendrick Lamar Goes Back to High School

Summary: K-Dot steps back into a classroom to repay the teacher and students who were impacted by his music.

Imagine, you walk into a classroom and there, at the head of the room, you see one of the masters of hip-hop. Well, that’s what happened to a group of high school freshmen when two-time Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar entered their school and took over their classroom. Earlier in the week, the rapper surprised over 600 students with a performance and lecture at High Tech High School in New Jersey.

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Now, this all started when the rapper heard about one teacher’s decision to use his sophomore album as part of his class curriculum. The teacher, Brian Mooney, hoped that Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” album would better help his students understand the racial and social themes of Black America. More so than the Toni Morrison novel “The Bluest Eye” which he was already teaching.

Mr. Mooney shared his experience teaching his class this new hip-hop curriculum in his blog. Before long, the blog caught fire on social media and received 10,000 shares on Facebook. Within a month of the blog going live, K-Dot took notice.

Fast forward to Monday, the Compton native paid it forward by visiting the very teacher and students who were inspired by his music. He took time to listen to poems, critique lyrics and spit some verses with the students.

VIDEO: See Kendrick swap verses with students

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