President Obama praises JAY-Z.
The POTUS alum often shared his love for hip-hop, but does he have a favorite verse? When asked by Complex, Obama was asked if there was a rap verse he could recite by heart, and he responded by quoting JAY-Z’s “My 1st Song.”
“I mentioned a few songs that even when I was running for president kept coming up on my iPod. One of them was ‘My 1st Song’ by JAY-Z, which is a song I love. because she talks about the difficulty of just trying to do her,” he said. “And sometimes you have to resort to fake bravado and hustle and smooth your insecurities and when I was running for president, obviously, at that time, I didn’t know if I was going to make it, so it inspired me in one way or another.”
One lyric in particular resonated with him. “There’s a line in there, ‘Treat my first as my last and my last as my first and my thirst is the same as when I came,'” Obama shared. “And I actually kept listening to that song during the presidency because it was a reminder that – even when you do – having a little bit of that feeling of still being hungry, still having to work hard, d Having yet to prove something is what continues to propel you forward.
However, he stopped short of rapping the verse. “Don’t you know you wanna hear me rap,” Obama said. “When I tried to rap, my girls rolled their eyes, plugged their ears. They think it’s painful. They even think my dancing is better than my rapping.
In December, he included “My 1st Song” on his “Promised Land” playlist, which was compiled of 20 memorable songs from his administration.
His wife, Michelle Obama, recently revealed that she listens to another hip-hop great, Tupac Shakur. “I came back to Tupac lately. It kinda goes like that,” the former first lady said. “I would like to hear something and I just want to hear it over and over again. And right now, I’m into Tupac.