Yesterday (April 12), Barack Obama was asked whether he prefers Jay-Z or Kanye West. The President responded by choosing Hov. With regard to ‘Ye, he said, “He is a jackass. But he’s talented” (he also called him smart). This was the second time the 44th President of the United States had called fellow Chicagoan Yeezy a “jackass,” with the first time going back in September 2009—though the President didn’t know he could be heard.
How well Obama knows Kanye as a person or his music isn’t completely clear. However, Mr. West has plenty of songs that the Prez could potentially relate to. Here is XXLMag.com’s Kanye West playlist for President Barack Obama. —XXLStaff
Why Obama would like it: To this day, there is a group of those opposed to the President that claim he is a Muslim. The fact that he has stated “I am a Christian by choice” has not changed the skepticism, but maybe his rapping along to this song would.
“Get Em High”
Why Obama would like it: When asked about smoking weed a few years back, Obama admitted, “When I was a kid, I inhaled. That was the point.” He could channel his youth and spark up to this Yeezy, Common and Talib Kweli joint.
“I Met Oprah”
Why Obama would like it: Obama and Oprah have formed a friendship of sorts, and earlier this week, the talk show host even said that she is “100% behind” his efforts. Plus, it’s a Chi-town connection.
Why Obama would like it: Last election, the President ran his campaign on the idea that he was going to bring change. Whether or not that new day has come is up for debate, but the term brings Obama to mind. Sure, the song is about Kanye and Jay-Z’s unborn children, but Obama is a proud poppa, too, so he could relate there as well.
“Wack Niggaz, Pt. 2”
Why Obama would like it: Odds are, Obama looks at those on the far right opposing him, the talking heads chopping him down, and all his other haters, and wants to shout things out like “Muthafucka you would fuck up a free lunch!” and “Funny how these wack niggaz need my help”—both Kanye lines from this cut.
“Can’t Tell Me Nothing”
Why Obama would like it: It’s back to the detractors with this hit single. Obama definitely “feel the pressure, under more scrutiny,” but he’s got to make sure that the haters can’t tell him nothing.
“Everything I Am”
Why Obama would like it: Obama would claim that everything he’s not (a socialist, a Muslim, a non-citizen) makes him everything he is (am?). Beyond that, he’d probably agree with his fellow Chicago native’s proclamation, “Just last year, Chicago had over 600 caskets/Man, killing’s some wack shit.”
Why Obama would like it: Another Windy City connection here. The G.O.O.D. Music honcho pens a homage to his hometown, and why wouldn’t Obama dig that.
“Bring Me Down”
Why Obama would like it: He always knew that one day, they’d try to bring him down (*Brandy voice*). The last four years have had their shots, but with his attempts at reelection later this year, the attacks will only strengthen.
Why Obama would like it: If Obama does secure a second term, he’ll surely be rejoicing on the night of the election. What better way to party than throw on some Yeezy, step up to the mic, and tell his friends and supporters, “Y’all know what this is; it’s a celebration bitches!”
“Who Will Survive In America”
Why Obama would like it: This Gil-Scott Heron vocal sample wonders, as the title suggests, “Who will survive in America”? That’s a question on the mind of the nation during these tough economic times.
“Who Gon Stop Me”
Why Obama would like it: As Obama continues with his reelection campaign, he could switch in “Who Gon Stop Me” with his previous slogan, “Change We Can Believe In.”
“Made In America”
Why Obama would like it: Sweet baby Jesus, he made it in America. Plus, Frank Ocean kills the hook.
“Illest Motherfucker Alive”
Why Obama would like it: The Commander in Chief may play it cool most of the time, but every now and then, he’s got to look at himself in the mirror and say, “Damn, I’m the illest muthafucka alive!”