If you hadn’t noticed, Michelle and Barack rate Hip Hop. Making a break from bygone Presidents (Ronald Reagan we seez ya), the Obamas hold many in the rap community in high regard, and have received appreciative bars in return.
Artists from Young Jeezy to Young Hov have put respec’ on the Obamas name. Maybe that’s because POTUS and FLOTUS have a little of that rap style about them. Here’s their eight most hip hop moments.
“Obama, out.” Two words from President Obama’s final White House Correspondents’ Dinner summed up why he will remain as the coolest President in history. As our dear POTUS finished his final #WHCD dinner, he uttered those very words and dropped his mic. It’s like he just won a rap battle. Hasn’t he though? Obama’s two terms have been filled with him constantly battling Congress and some of the American people. And he did so gracefully. That level of confidence is so hip hop, but Obama’s done more to seal his fate as the real Hip-Hop President. Check out some other moments.
Dirt Off Ya Shoulder
No, seriously, only Barack Obama could get Jay Z to pose in a picture like this. While Hov didn’t make the cut on Obama’s extensive Spotify playlists, Beyoncé did. (Photo: Morin via Instagram)
Dirt Off His Shoulders
In April, 2008, Obama made it clear that Jay Z gets some serious play on the presidential iPod. While campaigning during the 2008 presidential election, the ex-Chicago senator spoke to a crowd of North Carolinians about the constant shots being fired from Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. Showing us all just how cool he is, he simply said, “You just gotta, kinda let it…” as he proceeded to take Jay’s advice and brush the dirt off his shoulders. (Photo: Getty Images)
When Missy Elliot hopped in the backseat of Michelle’s Car Pool Karaoke
James Cordon’s Car Pool Karaoke is known for delivering a celebrified bonanza. Michelle Obama lived up to that by bringing the OG queen of rap through on hers for a song written to promote self-worth in girls. Sick stuff.
When Barack showed love (x3) to Kendrick Lamar
Perhaps owing to the Compton MC’s socially relevant lyricism, Mr. Obama has gone out of his way to pay his dues to Kendrick. He said he’d back K Dot over Drake in a rap battle, named “How Much A Dollar Cost” as his record of 2015, and invited him to perform and discuss mentoring at the White House. Perhaps Barack is shooting for a spot on TDA when he leavea the Oval Office?
When POTUS backed Common despite the Fox s**t
Obama had the balls to disregard a heap of criticism from Fox News when he invited Common to the White House. The notoriously bigotted media outlet criticised the President for bringing the rapper through, on the basis that he’d once written a song celebrating a ‘cop killer’. As Jon Stewart pointed out, however, their criticism had a not-so-slyly prejudiced edge to it. Obama paid no mind and entertained Common anyway. Power move.
When Barack went 8 Mile on Donald Trump
Lastly, Obama has sent a few lyrical jabs at opponents that would not sound out of place in a rap battle (#obamaforlordofthemics?). The best of these – probably because he’s a complete twat – were shots directed at Donald Trump, or ‘The Donald’. Barack destroyed the wannabe President – twice! He pried on the stupidity of many if his claims, while Donald pulled one of those desperate hidden-fury smiles. Yes, yes Barack!
And there you have it, eight top moments from the most Hip-Hop POTUS and FLOTUS yet.