President Barack Obama is the definition of cool. He has the kind of charisma that could charm Medusa and her head of snakes. Young adults gravitated toward him because he wasn’t the textbook old, stuffy politician but a man that had an aura of youth and passion for change. Hip-hop got behind his campaign and during his two terms as President he has allowed many rappers the opportunity to visit the sacred White House.
It makes you wonder, what does Obama listen to when dealing with the problems of the world? What’s he bump when dealing with hater Republicans? I was taught to not judge a man by his appearance but by what was in his iTunes, and now that the President decided to upload a playlist on Spotify, breaking them up into Day and Night, and we’re now free to judge his musical tastes as well as his executive leadership. The verdict? Straight fire flames.
When President Obama sang Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” at the Apollo that told me he was a man of soul, so it’s no surprise that his selections lean heavily on classic R&B including Stevie Wonder and the Isley Brothers. I was shocked though to see Nappy Roots' “Good Day.” It’s a great song, very warm, but not the biggest hit. The President definitely has his ear to the streets, and it’s great to see John Legend’s “Green Light” featuring an incredible verse from Andre 3000 included, a gem that isn’t praised enough. Two of the most modern records that appear are Justin Timberlake’s "Pusher Love Girl" and Florence + The Machine’s "Shake It Off." I like his blend of oldies and some more current music.
The Night playlist further shows his range in taste, starting with the immortal John Coltrane’s "My Favorite Things." Barack also hints at a possible Bee-hive membership with the inclusion of “Superpower,” the Beyonce joint featuring Frank Ocean. Wouldn’t it be something if Obama is awaiting Frank’s next album? Mixed in with Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, and Otis Redding are Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu and D’Angelo, but the most jaw dropping has to be Mos Def’s “Umi Says.” President Barack Obama is a Mos Def fan? OBAMA IS A MOS DEF FAN!!! It makes perfect sense, but still, it’s amazing to see. You can tell he had to be a big fan of the Soulquarians during the Late 1990s, early 2000s.
It’s a nice peak into a side of our President that we don’t see very often. It only confirms how cool he really is - maybe after he’s done with this whole leading the free world thing he should consider a career as a DJ.
[By Yoh, aka The Yohluminatti, aka @Yoh31]