Video: Lin-Manuel Miranda & President Obama – Rose Garden Freestyle

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Yesterday the cast of smash Broadway play Hamilton visited the White House and performed selections from the production for the President. During the trip, Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda and Obama connected for some off the top bars in the Rose Garden. Don’t worry, POTUS doesn’t rap.

Stay tuned for the upcoming Hamilton Mixtape, coming soon.

Previously: President Obama Covers “Hotline Bling” | Here’s Michelle Obama Rapping in a Rap Video

Watch Kendrick Lamar’s “Pay It Forward”

Monday, January 11th, 2016

In this new short, similar to “Hard Work” released in December, Kendrick discusses the importance of mentorship (which I believe in 100%) and also chronicles what he discussed with President Obama during his visit to the White House plugging the #MyBrothersKeeper mentoring initiative.

Previously: Kendrick Lamar – U/For Sale (God is Gangsta) (Video)

President Obama Has Better Things to Do Then Approve Trips to Cuba

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

I think most intelligent people who listen to Rap knew Jay was being facetious, as did the President. It seems like the only people who took his “Open Letter” lyrics seriously were the main stream media and a couple of right wing pundits suffering through a slow news week.

Spotted: Complex

Previously: Jay-Z – Open Letter (Prod. Swizz Beatz & Timbaland) | Reporters Ask Press Secretary About Jay-Z’s “Open Letter”

Video: Local News Reporter Mistakes will.i.am for Wyclef Jean & Wale

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

… in the same breath.

Spotted: Mass Appeal

Jay-Z Profile in T Magazine

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

There’s a profile on Jay in the NY Times’ T Magazine ahead of the Barclays Center’s opening later this month, where he sits down with writer Zadie Smith at his favorite chicken parm spot on Mulberry street to talk rap, President Obama and fish sandwiches (there actually isn’t much about the Brooklyn Nets in it). Read a few excerpts below:

The fish sandwich arrives. Conversation turns to the schoolboy who was shot to death, Trayvon Martin — “It’s really heartbreaking, that that still can happen in this day and age” — and, soon after, to Obama: “I’ve said the election of Obama has made the hustler less relevant.” When he first made this point, “People took it in a way that I was almost dismissing what I am. And I was like: no, it’s a good thing!” He didn’t have Obama growing up, only the local hustler. “No one came to our neighborhoods, with stand-up jobs, and showed us there’s a different way. Maybe had I seen different role models, maybe I’d’ve turned on to that.” Difficult to keep these two Americas in your mind. Imagine living it — within one lifetime!

Memphis Bleek also compares Jay-Z then to Jay-Z now:

The persona is cool, calm, almost frustratingly self-controlled: “Yeah, 50 Cent told me that one time. He said: ‘You got me looking like Barksdale’ ” — the hot-blooded drug kingpin from HBO’s “The Wire” — “and you get to be Stringer Bell!” — Barksdale’s levelheaded partner. The rapper Memphis Bleek, who has known Jay-Z since Bleek himself was 14, confirms this impression: “He had a sense of calm way before music. This was Jay’s plan from day one: to take over. I guess that’s why he smiles and is so calm, ’cause he did exactly what he planned in the ’90s.” And now, by virtue of being 42 and not dead, he can claim his own unique selling proposition: he’s an artist as old as his art form. The two have grown up together.

Along with his thoughts on the 1% and the Occupy Wall Street movement after the jump.

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Kanye Discusses Obama’s “Jackass” Comment

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

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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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