Move over Kendrick Lamar, you’ve got competition.
Since President Barack Obama‘s original campaign in 2008, he’s publicly expressed his fanhood for several rappers, including Ludacris and Common, but as of late his clear favorite has been Compton emcee Kendrick Lamar. Not only has Obama chosen Lamar over Drake in a hypothetical battle and praised his love for To Pimp A Butterfly, but when asked about his favorite song of 2015, Obama replied “How Much a Dollar Cost?,” which was a rather deep cut off the album.
This weekend however, it looks like POTUS has added another rapper to his “favorites” repertoire: J. Cole. Interestingly enough, Cole was somewhat critical of Obama during his performance on The Late Show with David Letterman back in 2014 when he rapped, “No disrespect in terms of change I haven’t seen any/Maybe he had good intentions but was stifled by the system/And was sad to learn that he actually couldn’t bring any” on an exclusive version of a song he’d released to Soundcloud, “Be Free.”
During Obama’s speech at a DNC fundraiser at SxSW weekend in Austin, Texas, Obama declared “I love J. Cole,” before explaining to the crowd that he had the opportunity to meet the Roc Nation rapper’s mother and grandmother prior to the event. Cole was a special guest at the same event, and hit the stage for a brief performance after Obama’s remarks.
“I love J-Cole!” – President Obama pic.twitter.com/s7AEBbSB29
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