“I was intrigued that somebody other than myself can articulate and break down the concepts of To Pimp a Butterfly almost better than I can,”Lamar explained to Tech High students. “I didn’t think I made [To Pimp a Butterfly] for 16-year-olds,” he continued. “I always get, like, parents or an adult saying, ‘This is great, you have a message, you have themes, you have different genres of music.’ But to get a kid actually telling me this, it’s a different type of feeling, ’cause it lets me know that their thought process is just as advanced as mine, even if I’m 10, 15 years older.”
Lamar spent the day with Mooney’s English class and poetry club, listening to some of their best works. One student read a poem about his struggles as a dark-skinned South Asian while two others read aloud their piece called “What The Media Taught Us.” Afterwards K-Dot took questions from the youngsters, covering everything from storytelling to his musical influences.
Watch some video footage from the memorable school visit below.