Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States of America, but media outlets portray him as one of the ‘hippest’ presidents to ever serve in the Oval Office. Obama’s passion for the Hip Hop culture has been apparent throughout his 8-year term as president. He has accomplished many things for this great country: brought troops home from Iraq, stopped the war in Afghanistan, passed the Affordable Care Act, eliminated Osama bin laden, and much more; however, his love for hip-hop — as of late — is gaining far more attention from millennials and urban Twitter.
Obama has met with many hip-hop artists like J. Cole, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Ludacris, Diddy, Drake, etc. In 2015, the President cited Kendrick Lamar’s, “How Much a Dollar Cost” as his favorite song of the year. Now, in 2016, Obama changed his tune saying, “I love J. Cole”, at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, where J. Cole was scheduled to perform. He went on to further say, “You know, this is the benefit of having teenage daughters. I keep up.”
Earlier today (15 March 2016) President Obama invited the cast of ‘Hamilton,’ a hit Broadway play, to perform at the White House for dinner. Obama later assisted Lin-Manuel Miranda in a freestyle rap:
“Immigrants, we get the job done, this is so fun, POTUS is holding up the signs; I’m not done.”
The President has not only emerged as a real believer in the hip-hop community, but he has also embraced each artist for who they are. He has shown America, yes he is the president of the freedom country, but he’s also demonstrated how he relates to every human being, as an individual.
If you’re interested in watching Obama give a brief, informative speech for the performance of Hamilton, use the link below.: