On Sway in the Morning President Barack Obama revealed his current favorite rappers which include Kanye, Jay-Z, Drake, Chance and Kendrick Lamar.
Many people have focused on the negatives in the current election cycle as two polarizing candidates vie for the most powerful position in the free world. Voters are compulsively checking polls, listening to sound bites, reading twitter feeds and (digital) newspapers with varying degrees of concern over whether or not their candidate will win the White House. And while the constituency has been concerning itself with selecting a leader over the next four years, President Obama has been solidifying his position as the greatest musical president of all time.
You’ve seen the playlists. You’ve witnessed the State Dinners with hip-hop acts. You saw Chance the Rapper and Frank Ocean visit the White House a few weeks ago. And now we have President Obama’s confirmed favorite rappers. Let’s go through each selection pick by pick.
President Obama said “Jay-Z’s still the king.” He must be as he was tapped to go to the White House this August with Beyonce to celebrate the president’s birthday. And that wasn’t even Jay-Z’s first visit this year! It’s good to be the king.
Kanye was lumped in with the “king” group. President Obama says he has an impressive body of work though he might have to keep Jay-Z and Kanye separated from now on…
With the Drake choice President Obama went commercial which he acknowledges saying “I love Drake, and the girls love Drake, and, you know, so, he’s commercially just doing great, and unbelievably talented.”
The last two picks show President Obama’s versatility. He chose Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper. They are both famous but not too famous and they are both currently pushing the boundaries of hip-hop. Of course more ‘underground’ options exist, but it’s pretty impressive that the President even knows who these guys are. Well maybe not Chance; the President has known him since he was eight years old.
So if the presidential election has you bummed, snap out of it and enjoy the last few months of the first president of hip-hop’s term. Listening to one of his playlists is sure to make you feel better.
The story was previously reported by Pitchfork.