President Barack Obama and Eminem may not showing up together at any events in the near future, but the two well-known figures do share bragging rights about singing “Forgot About Dre” now.
That’s after a new promotional video was released by the NBA’s Detroit Pistons showing President Obama spitting out the lyrics to “Forgot About Dre.” The reason to have Barack dropping the beat was to promote the team’s stand-out center Andre “Dre” Drummond voted into the league’s All-Star game in February 2016, Bleacher Report noted Friday.
As for Eminem, the rapper wasn’t displeased with the video shout-out to his music, even if President Obama was the one behind the mic singing “Forgot About Dre.” Marshall Mathers – Eminem’s real name – tweeted as much after learning about the video Friday.
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) January 15, 2016
Andre Drummond is currently fourth in the All-Star votes, sitting only behind LeBron James, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony. In his third year in the NBA, the University of Connecticut product is averaging 17.8 points and 15.3 rebounds per game, a significant increase over his career numbers according to ESPN.
Only three days remain to cast votes for the star-studded contest. A berth into the All-Star game would be his first as the only other accolade Andre Drummond possessed came from his second-team All-Rookie selection in 2014.
Rookie Spencer Dinwiddie – a teammate of Andre Drummond on the Detroit Pistons this season – agrees with the sentiment the video of President Obama gets across. According to the point guard, Andre Drummond is having an “All-Galaxy” season.
— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) January 14, 2016
This is actually the second edited video the Detroit Pistons have posted of President Obama singing to promote Andre Drummond’s All-Star candidacy. Before “Forgot About Dre” was released, an edited video of President Obama showed him dropping lyrics to “Jumpman” by Drake.
The isn’t the first time recently that President Obama hit the campaign trail to support a candidate unknown to some within the political world. In 2015 at a lunch, President Obama got behind a candidate as he did in the “Forgot About Dre” video.
Instead, President Obama pushed for Kanye West – fresh off his announcement at the MTV Video Music Awards he would run for President in 2020 – to go after the then-vacant Speaker of the House position. In a tongue-in-cheek advice session during the speech, President Obama shared helpful tips with the rap artists for a future political career.
“Second — this is a second important tip — saying you have a beautiful, dark, twisted fantasy, that’s what’s known as off-message. You can’t say things like that. A lot of people have lost their congressional seats saying stuff like this.”
President Obama also forgot about his story in another piece of sarcastic humor toward Kanye West.
“Do you really think this country is going to elect a black guy from the south side of Chicago with a funny name to be president of the United States? That is crazy.”
The Detroit Pistons are trying to ensure that if anyone “Forgot About Dre” this season, the individuals remember what Andre Drummond has accomplished on a middling team. With a record of 21-18, the Pistons are stuck in fourth place within the Central Division.
Despite being a middle-of-the-pack team, Detroit has come a long way. If the season ended today, the Pistons would be in the playoffs thanks to their big man’s efforts in the middle. This is the first year since 2009 that the NBA franchise has been at this record or higher heading to the upcoming All-Star break, Fansided reported.
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