Michelle Obama dropped some inspirational rhymes in a rap music video Thursday in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of a college education among young Americans, CBS News reports.
Michelle Obama, often referred to in social media as FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States), teamed up with Jay Pharoah – a comedian from SNL known for his impressive impersonations of Barack Obama – to perform in a rap music video entitled “Go to College.” The music video was uploaded and produced by student site College Humor.
“If you wanna fly jets you should go to college/ Reach high and cash checks, fill your head with knowledge,” Michelle Obama and Jay Pharoah riffed in tandem as they performed the rap track within the premises of the White House.
The “Go to College” music video is part of Michelle Obama’s “Better Make Room” campaign, which aims to reverse the slipping college graduation rates in the US. The “Better Make Room” campaign targets students aged 14 to 19.
Michelle, a Chicago native, never forgot to represent her hometown in the music video as she dropped solo verses with the following words:
“South Side Chicago, we all know. We had to do overtime every night to make it to tomorrow. And everyone could really make their dream come true. Hey kid listening in Michigan, this could be you.”
Michelle Obama has long been the epitome of cool since she occupied the White House as First Lady. Earlier this year, Michelle performed in an impressive “Uptown Funk” dance routine for a traditional Easter Egg hunt at the White House, which served as a part of her campaign for healthier lifestyles.
Since becoming First Lady, Michelle Obama has endorsed an array of initiatives that promote healthy diets, education for girls, and assistance for military families.
“I want to honor and empower young people who are working hard in school and pursuing their dreams, and I want to do it in a fresh and fun way,” Obama said in a statement.
Michelle Obama has told students in her speeches about how she worked hard to secure good grades and earn degrees from Harvard and Princeton.
Sam Reich, the writer and director for College Humor, knows exactly how to produce a video that will resonate with the campaign’s target audience.
“I think the country will join me in saying ‘Mrs. Obama, we think you should cut an album,'” Sam Reich said in a statement.
The music video drew countless reactions from countless Twitter users, many of which praised Ms. Obama for her “dope rap skills.”
A few suggested, however, that First Daughters Sasha and Malia might have been embarrassed by their mother’s “cool mom” phase.
The music video went viral on the Internet as soon as it was uploaded by College Humor, urging many netizens to compose their own lyrics and post them on social media under the hashtag #FLOTUSbars. The #FLOTUSbars hashtag is a riff from the #Popebars hashtag that went viral last month.
Michelle Obama’s performance in the rap music video even inspired an official Twitter account.
What do you think of Michelle Obama’s rap performance in the video? Also, can you come up with a few bars of your own under the #FLOTUSBars hashtag? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below.
[Image via YouTube/College Humor]