Kendrick Lamar took some time off from his busy schedule to reward the students at Mount Pleasant High School for their good attendance, serving as principal for a day as part of their Get Schooled program.

“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.”