As Barack Obama’s presidency nears its end, we just can’t help but wonder: Will there ever be another POTUS as musically savvy (read: cool) as him?
Obama’s a noted hip-hop head — just in the past few weeks, he was caught dancing to “Hotline Bling,” put Jay Z and Drake on his workout playlist, and invited Chance the Rapper and Frank Ocean to his last White House State Dinner. Now, Barry O’s listed his top five rappers. They’re not really surprising picks (I just named three of them), but at least they prove he has good taste.
“I think the young guys, Kendrick [Lamar] and Chance [the Rapper], are doing amazing work,” he told Sway Calloway during an interview on SiriusXM’s Sway in the Morning. “I love Drake, and the girls love Drake, and he’s commercially just doing great and unbelievably talented. And, you know, Jay Z’s still the king. He’s got a track record. Same with Kanye [West]. So there’s a lot of talent out there.”
Obama further shouted out Chance and Kendrick, whom he credited as being groundbreakers in the rap game.
“When I look at who’s breaking new ground, Kendrick and Chance, those guys are doing just amazing work,” he said. “And they’re wonderful young men. Chance, I’ve known for years, ’cause his dad was my state director when I was a senator in Illinois, so I first met Chance when he was 8 years old, and so we’ve been family for a while. And Kendrick, you know, he’s blowing it up. He’s doing great.”
Listen to the whole interview below, during which Obama also discusses the importance of voting and reveals that his wife, Michelle, will “never” run for office.