In a performance for the history books, Wale returned to the White House for the third time on Tuesday night (Jan. 12) as the opener for none other than President Obama. Yeah, really.
Viewers who tuned in before Obama took the podium and declared the U.S. “the most powerful nation on Earth, period,” were in for a hype musical treat when Wale took the stage, marking the first time a rapper has ever opened for a State of The Union address.
The D.C. MC tore through hits like “Chillin’” and “LoveHate Thing,” successfully setting the mood for Obama’s big mic drop moment.
— Shayne Wells (@shaynegwells) January 13, 2016
— Antonio Batiste (@batiste23703) January 13, 2016
After his performance, Wale took to Twitter to thank Obama and the White House, calling hip-hop “limitless.”
— Wale (@Wale) January 13, 2016
Oh, and he also apparently took a selfie with Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, because why the eff not?
The Second Lady of the U.S is with Wale!! WALE pic.twitter.com/uxJm3Ura7S
— Maya (@chocolatina0_0) January 13, 2016
Wale’s no stranger to the White House — last January, he was among the attendees at the president’s gun control announcement, and in July, he performed as part of Michelle Obama’s “Reach Higher” initiative.
Just yesterday, Kendrick Lamar shared details about his powerful conversation with President Obama. That, coupled with Wale’s historic gig tonight, prove the president’s appreciation for hip-hop is truly unparalleled.