President Obama Reveals He’s A Hip Hop Head, Playlist Include: Jay Z, Nas, Wale, Jidenna And Chance The Rapper

| August 15, 2016 | 0 Comments


President Obama did what some music critics spend a lifetime perfecting and that is trying to pick a musical set list that will appeal to the masses.

According to reports the president released his summer reading and music list and within a day the president’s list was the most listen to on Spotify.

That level of popularity occurs only when listeners do more than sample the songs, but actually enjoy the set, said Jonathan Prince, a Spotify spokesman.

“For a playlist to hit No. 1 globally on its own out of nowhere is just bananas,” Mr. Prince said. “If he wants a job curating music when this presidential gig is over, we’d take him in a second. That’s very impressive.”

While Mr. Prince said that Spotify could not yet measure how Mr. Obama’s selections this year had influenced the popularity of particular artists, his picks last year led streams of the band Low Cut Connie to increase 2,906 percent overnight and those of the hip-hop duo Reflection Eternal to jump 798 percent.

The president’s daytime list reveals that he is a real hip hop head as Wale, Chance the Rapper, Jidenna, Nas and Jay Z all made the list.

check out his list below:

The President’s Summer Playlist: Daytime

LoveHate Thing – Wale
Smooth Sailin’ – Leon Bridges
Elevator Operator – Courtney Barnett
Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Many the Miles – Sara Bareilles
Tightrope – Janelle Monáe
Classic Man – Jidenna
So Ambitious – Jay Z feat. Pharrell
Me Gustas Tu – Manu Chao
Forever Begins – Common
The Man – Aloe Blacc
As We Enter – Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Sinnerman – Nina Simone
U Got the Look – Prince
Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
Don’t Owe You A Thang – Gary Clark Jr.
Man Like That – Gin Wigmore
II B.S. (edit) – Charles Mingus

​The President’s Summer Playlist: Nighttime

If I Have My Way – Chrisette Michele
Espera – Esperanza Spalding
Tell It Like It Is – Aaron Neville
Alright – Ledisi
Trapped By A Thing Called Love – Denise LaSalle
Lady – D’Angelo
So Very Hard to Go – Tower of Power
Midnight Sun – Carmen McCrae
Cucurrucucú ​Paloma – Caetano Veloso
Green Aphrodisiac – Corinne Bailey Rae
I’ll Be There for You / You’re All I Need – Mary J. Blige / Method Man
Lover Man – Billie Holiday
Criminal – Fiona Apple
Acid Rain – Chance the Rapper
My Funny Valentine – Miles Davis
Do You Feel Me – Anthony Hamilton
I Get Lonely – Janet Jackson
Lean In – Lizz Wright
All Day Music – War
Say Yes – Floetry

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , or

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