Barack Obama is the coolest U.S. president ever. Before delivering his speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Obama listened to Eminem, says Pitchfork Media. What an excellent idea. If you didn’t get pumped up with Eminem’s rap music, nothing could pump you up. The source, explains, as follows.
“There were some big musical moments on stage at this year’s Democratic National Convention, but arguably, one of the best happened backstage…At one point, cameras caught President Barack Obama enjoying Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself.'”
Birthday boy Barack Obama, who still has this weekend to get all his birthday wishes fulfilled, makes no qualms about naming Kendrick Lamar as his favorite musician, according to Rolling Stone. Obama and his family leaves the White House in January, when the brand new U.S. president gets sworn into office. The Obamas have been living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for almost eight years now.
On Saturday, Obama is expected to spend most of his time playing golf at Martha’s Vineyard, after he partied all Friday night if not until the wee hours of Saturday morning. His wife, Michelle, had organized the president’s 55th birthday party with Hollywood A-listers like Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Usher performing for the celebrant.
Based on the company he keeps and the music that he listens to, Barack Obama obviously loves rap music. Apparently, Kendrick Lamar is at the top of the totem pole when it comes to Obama’s personal favorites. He says “I think Drake is an outstanding entertainer.”
“Kendrick… his lyrics, his last album, was outstanding, best album, I think, of last year,” Obama concludes.
Barack would have been around 10-years-old when rap music started to take shape in America. According to Plastic Little Raps, “rapping first gained popularity in the U.S. in the 1970s as a kind of street art, especially among African American teenagers.”
By the time Barack Obama was 20-years-old, rap music would be a breakaway music genre “when the Sugarhill Gang released their breakaway hit, ‘Rapper’s Delight.”’
That was 1979 when record producers began to take notice of the emerging musical genre. Today, rap music is well-established. In fact, it has made millionaires out of its artists. In 1996, Eminem tried to penetrate the rappers’ market. Although his preliminary rap methodology was deemed elementary at that time, the Caucasian rapper would persist in grafting himself into the genre, body and soul, until he finally made a breakthrough.
Presently, Eminem is considered very much a part of the burgeoning rappers consortium. Proof of this is not only the artist’s record sales but the fact that even President Barack Obama listens to his rap creations such as “Lose Yourself.”
Sean Combs, who goes by many stage names such Puff Daddy, Puffy, Diddy, and P. Diddy, is still rap music’s top dog with a net worth of $710 million, according to Time to Break. Beyoncé’s hubby, Jay Z, is No. 3 with $610 million.
Another Barack Obama favorite who has made it to the top 19 highest-earning rappers is Eminem who at No. 6 is worth $210 million. He is followed by Usher at $180 million. Drake is No. 17 with $100 million. Lamar hasn’t made it to the top 19 list yet.
As you can see, rapping is big business. It is also an exclusive enclave of its original founders, making Obama’s choice, Eminem, more the exception rather than the rule.
Of all the rappers out there, there is one who Barack Obama detests: Kanye West. Obama has called Kanye a jacka** many times, beginning with the “Famous” singer’s stage invasion of the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, according to Fox News. It’s not known whether the president likes West’s rap music. What is clear, however, is how Barack Obama detests the rapper’s audacity.
Barack Obama’s attitude towards Kanye West also gives us an insight into the presidential attitude of calling a spade a spade. Now that he is 55-years-old, it doesn’t look like his spade-calling will mellow anytime soon — as Barack Obama does the same thing to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
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