Enjoy it, America. This may very well be the first and last time a sitting president lists a rap record as his favorite song of the year. That’s unless Bernie Sanders wins the 2016 presidential election and lists a Run The Jewels track as his 2017 fave. Ha! Yeah right.
People snagged a sit-down with POTUS and FLOTUS and picked their brains on their favorite things this year. Obama listed Kendrick Lamar’s “How Much a Dollar Cost” from his To Pimp A Butterfly album. On the deep cut, K.Dot narrates a story of meeting a homeless man in need of money. Kendrick looks down on the beggar only to be humbled when the man reveals himself to be [spoiler alert] God.
This isn’t the first time President Obama has listed a rap song as his favorite. His Spotify summer playlist included Nappy Roots’ “Good Day,” and the then-senator listed The Fugees’ “Ready or Not” and Kanye’s “Touch The Sky” as one of his all-time favorite songs in 2008.
On the film front, The Martian, a sci-fi action movie starring Matt Damon as an astronaut left for dead on Mars was his favorite movie of the year. And for books, Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies novel about the key to a great marriage was his top choice.