Barack Obama announced his favorite music of 2019, which features a few select Hip Hop songs.
The 44th president took to Twitter on December 30, to list 35 of his favorite songs of the year. Describing the list “from Hip Hop to country to The Boss”, Barack Obama proves he’s certainly got an ear for good music.
In the past few days, Obama posted his favorite books and movies, but this tweet was exclusively for his favorite music of the year. Captioning the list, Barack wrote, “If you’re looking for something to keep you company on a long drive or help you turn up a workout, I hope there’s a track or two in here that does the trick.”
Hip Hop features heavily in Barack’s list, with Young Thug, J. Cole, Wale and Lizzo all mentioned. Da Baby’s single ‘Suge‘, also made the list. Not surprisingly, Lil Nas X appears with his Country rap smash, ‘Old Town Road’. The song, awarded diamond certification by the RIAA in October, became the fastest song to be awarded diamond ever. Other musicians who also made Obama’s list are Beyoncé , Bruce Springsteen and Big Thief.
Barack Obama’s Connection With Hip Hop
Most noteworthy, Barack Obama embraced the genre of hip hop like no other president before him. Many speeches that Barack gave had hip hop references. In 2011, Common performed at the White House followed by a 2014 Big Sean performance.
Nas spoke on Barack Obama’s love for hip hop after a visit to the White House. The Queens bridge rapper said, “Obama respects it. He loves it. It’s a part of his world. He is hip-hop. He’s a hip-hop fan that makes him relatable. It makes him real.”
In the song ‘Changes’, Tupac raps, “And although it seems heaven-sent, we ain’t ready to see a black president.” Although originally recorded in 1992, ‘Changes’ was remixed and released in 1998 and included on ‘Pac’s Greatest Hits album. A decade later, Tupac’s vision of a Black president came to fruition, as Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States.
In the aftermath of Obama’s success, came more racism and as a result the then president’s family suffered too. Therefore, reading into Tupac’s lyric “we ain’t ready to see a black president”, it’s a scarily accurate statement.