Taking a break from his current tour, Kendrick Lamar served as a principal for a day at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence, Rhode Island. The students received this opportunity for winning the Get Schooled National Attendance Challenge. The Compton rapper held a motivational speech, highlighting the importance of good education.
“Without education you don’t have anything,” said Kendrick, who was a 4.0 student at Centennial High School in L.A. and was the first in his family to graduate from high school. “My teachers were great positive influences in my life. My middle school English teacher was probably the reason I became a rapper. He used to encourage me to write poetry and would challenge me, which helped me improve my vocabulary and made me enjoy writing.”