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Kendrick Lamar Visits Teen Poets At New Jersey High School

Just hours after headlining Hot 97’s Summer Jam, Kendrick Lamar headed to North Bergen’s High Tech High School to spend some quality time with their students.

What sparked this visit? Back in March, Brian Mooney, a High Tech teacher and poetry club organizer, compared Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly to Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, a book from 1970 about race. He then had his freshman English students write responses, all of which he chronicled on his blog, which soon went viral. Kendrick himself got wind of the new found curriculum and decided to pay them a visit.

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“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.

Props: Rolling Stone