(AllHipHop News) There are only a few more months left in the Barack Obama administration.
Throughout his two terms in office, Obama has been very open about his appreciation for Hip Hop music, and he will be remembered in part for elevating the culture’s connection to the presidency.
Earlier this year, the 44th President of the United States invited numerous rap stars to the White House as part of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative.
Veteran journalist Sway Calloway spoke with Obama for his Shade 45 radio show. The interview featured the POTUS naming his favorite rappers at the moment.
“I think the young guys – Kendrick [Lamar] and Chance [The Rapper] are doing amazing work,” responded Obama. “I love Drake, and the girls love Drake. He’s commercially just doing great and unbelievably talented.”
The President continued, “Jay Z is still the king. He’s got a track record. The same with Kanye.”
After acknowledging Drake, Jay, and Kanye West, Obama circled back to the first two performers he mentioned.
“There’s a lot of talent out there, but what I look at: who’s breaking new ground? Kendrick and Chance, those guys are doing just amazing work and they’re wonderful young men,” said Obama.
Kendrick’s “How Much A Dollar Cost” was named as Obama’s favorite song of 2015, and the TDE artist was selected to perform at the White House for a 4th of July celebration over the summer.
Chance The Rapper’s father once worked with Obama when the current Commander In Chief was an Illinois State Senator.
The Coloring Book creator attended Obama’s 55th birthday party, and Chance still receives advice from his fellow Chicago native.