Watch Obama Induct Jay Z Into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Last night, Jay Z made history as the first rapper to ever be inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. He couldn’t attend the ceremony because Bey is almost certainly about to give birth to the couple’s twins, and so Barack Obama recorded a short video introducing the GOAT.

In the video, Obama compares the similar and unlikely paths that the two men traveled to get to where they are today, made a self-deprecating joke about how both of their wives are more popular than them, and declared that he is probably the only POTUS to bump Hov in the Oval Office and probably will be for some time.

For his part, Jay later sent out a #veryrare tweetstorm in which he thanked fans and rattled off an extensive list of MC’s that influenced and inspired him. The list included everybody from Rakim and Big Daddy Kane, to former adversaries such as Cam’ron and Jaz-O, right up to current stars of the new generation like Mac Miller and Playboi Carti. Watch Obama’s speech above and read Jay’s tweets below.

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President Obama Covers “Hotline Bling”

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Check out the POTUS edition of “Hotline Bling.” The internet wins again.

Previously: Drake – Hotline Bling (Video)

Video: Sway Talks About Interviewing The President

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Sway talks to Jack Thriller about his experience interviewing President Obama.

“To be able to talk about a Jay-Z or a 50 Cent…then turn around the next day and talk to an Oun-P…”

Previously: Slum Village & Big Pooh on Sway in the Morning

Video: Jay-Z & Barack Obama Campaign in Columbus, OH (Live Stream)

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Jay is joining the president at a rally in Columbus, OH today, check out a live stream of the event above.

Updated: Footage of Jay doing “99 Problems”

Previously: Jay-Z for Obama 2012

Shyne Says He’d Vote for Romney

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Shyne told MTV News that if he was allowed to vote (or into the country for that matter), he’d vote for Mitt Romney over the President. Someone tell this nigga and Stacey Dash to shut their fucking mouths yo. I don’t care what their rationale is, somebody please just tell them not to talk until after next month. I’m gonna come clean right now. Are you ready? I’m probably not going to vote in this election at all. I won’t get too deep into why, but it mostly has to do with the draconian copyright witchunts that I’ve seen going down under the entertainment industry friendly Obama administration.

It’s fuck W. to the death, but there’s one thing I know for sure: none of my peers got their sites shut down under his watch. Copyright policy may seem like a trivial issue to base such an important decision on, but this is my livelihood we’re talking about here, and I’ll be damned if I’m gonna use what little political power I have to vote myself out of a job. That being said, I certainly would never vote for Mitt Romney, or any conservative candidate for that matter, and I damn sure wouldn’t encourage any other young Black Americans to do so.

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Audio: Kanye West Responds to George W. Bush Responding to Kanye

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Although he gave a pretty thorough response to Z100’s Elvis Duran earlier (which even compelled a Georgia listener to call in and give him “props”) Kanye repeated the same spiel to Devi Dev on Houston’s 97.9 The Box. Ye also congratulates Taylor Swift on her million copies sold.

Below he mentions writing a verse about Lil Wayne coming home as Tip goes back to jail on a song with T.I. and explains why he doesn’t have an opinion on President Obama’s presidency, which is probably why he didn’t vote yesterday:

Previously: George W. Bush Finally Responds to Kanye

President Obama Listens to Nas & Lil Wayne Now

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner just published a lengthy interview with Barack Obama in which he was asked about Rolling Stone’s forte, popular music:

What music have you been listening to lately? What have you discovered, what speaks to you these days?

My iPod now has about 2,000 songs, and it is a source of great pleasure to me. I am probably still more heavily weighted toward the music of my childhood than I am the new stuff. There’s still a lot of Stevie Wonder, a lot of Bob Dylan, a lot of Rolling Stones, a lot of R&B, a lot of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Those are the old standards.

A lot of classical music. I’m not a big opera buff in terms of going to opera, but there are days where Maria Callas is exactly what I need.

Thanks to Reggie [Love, the president’s personal aide], my rap palate has greatly improved. Jay-Z used to be sort of what predominated, but now I’ve got a little Nas and a little Lil Wayne and some other stuff, but I would not claim to be an expert. Malia and Sasha are now getting old enough to where they start hipping me to things. Music is still a great source of joy and occasional solace in the midst of what can be some difficult days.

I’m sure the commander-in-chief will be happy to know that he got a pretty sweet shout out in Nas’ latest release, which turned out to be an Untitled throwaway that will be making it on Lost Tapes Vol. 2.

Not so sure “Fox Nation” will like the new name of the song.

Source: Gawker via Vulture

Kanye Discusses Obama’s “Jackass” Comment

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010


In the new issue of XXL, Kanye addresses how he felt when President Obama called him a jackass before an interview with ABC News.

When Obama called me “jackass”, after the Taylor incident, I thought that the person to be speaking off the record. Obama has way more important stuff to worry about than my public perception. He was trying to pass the healthcare bill. And if he said that to relate to the room or lighten the room up and the whole mood, then I’d be more than happy to be the butt of all of his jokes if it in the some way helps his overall mission. I’m a soldier of culture. I’m resilient. I’m sure I’ll still beat him in basketball. [via KarenCivil]

There’s video of the infamous moment after the jump.

Ye is two for two with US presidents right now.

Throwback: Malik Yusef ft. Kanye West & Adam Levine – Promised Land

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Photo: Pharrell x Obama

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010


Presidential P, part two.

Taken earlier today at the White House’s Cinco de Mayo reception.

via (the Pharrell-founded) Kidult News

Yesterday: PICS: N*E*R*D x Oprah x Diddy

Video: Notorious B.I.G. & Obama’s Daughters Hate R.A. The Rugged Man?

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Mr. Dirty Crusty is at it again with another one of his classic video blogs. This one touches on everything from Biggie to Kanye West to Obama to Jesus. Make sure you cop Legendary Classics in stores Oct 27th. Filmed by Ethan Blum.

Previously: R.A. The Rugged Man Speaks on Lil Wayne | R.A. The Rugged Man on Eminem