During a recent interview, Obama shared that during his first campaign in 2008 for the US presidency, the verses from Jay-Z’s 2003 song title, “My 1st Song” helped him cope with insecurities and personal struggles during his fight for the oval office.

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During a recent interview with Complex, Obama shared about the Jay-Z song, “It talks about the struggle of just trying to make it,” Obama said. “Sometimes you have to result to false bravado and hustle and tamping down your insecurities. When I was running for president, obviously, at that point I didn’t know if I was going to make it. So, somehow that inspired me.” “

My 1st Song” was on the Brooklyn native rapper’s 2003 Grammy-nominated album, The Black Album.