Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monáe Spent the 4th of July With President Obama

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 4: President Barack Obama sings "Happy Birthday" to his daughter Malia Obama at the Fourth of July White House party on July 4, 2016 in Washington, DC. Maila Obama celebrated her 18th birthday during the party, which featured guests including singers Janelle Monae and Kendrick Lamar. (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)

Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monáe Spent the 4th of July With President Obama

Barack’s last 4th at the White House was bangin,’ literally.

Published July 5, 2016

It looks like President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama had a pretty lit 4th of July celebration over the weekend. Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monáe joined them and performed during what was also Malia Obama’s birthday party.

Along with the president, the two musicians also helped sing a, um, "wonderful" rendition of “Happy Birthday” to the now 18-year-old. "Just because it's a job of a father to embarrass his daughters, I've got one last job," he said at the end of his speech during his final Independence Day celebration at the White House. "It just so happens that we celebrate our country's birthday on the same day that we celebrate my oldest daughter's birthday." Obama then turned and sang to Malia.

Prior to the birthday celebration, Jidenna joined military veterans and their families for a barbecue and fireworks viewing in the White House East Room. Kendrick then performed "Swimming Pools,” "B***h, Don't Kill My Vibe" and "Alright" before Monáe finished off with “Let’s Go Crazy,” a tribute to Prince, whom she acknowledge before her set.

Kendrick Lamar particularly has a long history of being connected to the White House. Along with numerous song references and cosigns by the president throughout his two terms in office, K Dot also met with Obama last year during his “Pay It Forward” initiative.

Check out video of everyone celebrating the 4th of July and singing “Happy Birthday” to Malia Obama below.

Happy #FourthOfJuly from President Obama and First Lady @MichelleObama!

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Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)


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