Kendrick Lamar to play Obama’s Fourth of July barbecue

Barbecue is held for members of the military and their families

Kendrick Lamar is set to headline President Barack Obama’s last Fourth of July barbecue. Taking place on the White House’s South Lawn, the celebration is held for s of the military and their families.

Earlier this year, Lamar visited the White House to discuss topics concerning inner cities and Kendrick’s ‘Pay it Forward’ campaign. Obama also cited Lamar’s ‘How Much A Dollar Cost’ as his favourite song of 2015.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest also announced that Janelle Monae is scheduled to perform at the barbecue.


Kendrick Lamar recently performed at the BET awards, with a surprise appearance from Beyonce. The pair performed ‘Freedom’ from Beyonce’s recent album ‘Lemonade’ at the show at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater. Lamar rose up from the floor of the venue to join Beyonce.

Lamar also recently made Time’s most influential list and lent his talents to the latest Mistah F.A.B. track ‘Survive,’ providing a guest verse. In an official document published on May 31, Barack Obama proclaimed June 2016 African-American Music Appreciation Month.

In the proclamation, Obama calls African-American music a “vital part” of America’s heritage and declares June a month to honour artists who, through their music, “bring us together, show us a true reflection of ourselves, and inspire us to reach for the harmony that lies beyond our toughest struggles”.