President Obama’s Favorite Song Choice of 2015 Is The Blackest Thing We’ve Ever Heard This Week » VSB

blackest thing, Featured, Music, Pop Culture, Race & Politics

President Obama’s Favorite Song Choice of 2015 Is The Blackest Thing We’ve Ever Heard This Week

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images


Look, I know that Obama is a rap fan. But listening to Jay-Z just makes you American. Jay transcended with “New York” to the point where he’s less part of the hip-hop community and more part of the global community. Hip-hop doesn’t own Jay anymore. He’s on loan from the Smithsonian and shit.

Kendrick Lamar, tho? That man is hip-hop. And the fact that President Obama’s favorite song from 2015 is “How Much A Dollar Cost?” off of To Pimp A Butterfly is EASILY one of the Blackest things you will hear this week, let alone this year. 

His favorite song is on one of the Blackest albums ever, and is an album cut. Not even one that made radio. And right now you can hear “King Kunta” “i” Blacker The Berry” “Alright” or “These Walls” on various radio formats.

Do you know what song you aren’t hearing? “How Much…”, ya know, the one that sounds like a Dr. Dre song that isn’t a Dr. Dre song. That means that Obama not only listened to TPAB, it means he ALSO digested it. Obama was basically reading think-pieces about TPAB in between national security meetings and useless speeches about ISIS.

And, if that’s his favorite song of 2015, it means that he forced OTHER people to listen to that song. Like dignitaries and religious leaders. It is entirely possible that the Pope listened to Kendrick Lamar on his trip to America because as a Black person, if you love music, you force it on other people whenever you can. You bump your jams as loud as possible in your car or out of your house hoping that just ONE other person hears it and feels the way about that you do. I can see Obama being like, “hold on, your eminence…I want you to hear this song about a man’s reflection on life and realizing God can be anywhere. It’s got scripture…hold on, P.O. Can I call you P.O?”

This was not Obama picking a song because he was asked; this was Obama really having feelings about this song. In order to tell America that Kendrick Lamar’s song was his favorite, he had to feel that shit with his whole heart. Being the president of all people gives him the pass on picking some shit like Justin Bieber, Skrillex, and Diplo “Where Are U Now” (a legitimately good song) or Adele’s “Hello”. Maybe even Drake’s “Hotline Bling”. Something super popular that folks could say, “sure, I get it. The president listens to the radio when he’s listening to anything at all which he probably can’t do because he’s busy running the world.”

But nope, your President and mine was listening to the same things that we were and thinking about them in the same way we were because you don’t listen to an album like To Pimp A Butterfly and NOT want to know what other people think about it. I don’t care how busy he is – and there’s an argument that he’s the busiest man alive – I wouldn’t be surprised if his press briefings also required any and all articles about TPAB in case there was something interesting in there.

Also, you know like I do that Obama also loves “The Blacker The Berry”, but that’s just going too damn far.

Obama: Keeping It Gully On The Way Up Out The Oval Office.

Thanks, Obama.

Panama Jackson

Panama Jackson is pretty fly (and gorgeous) for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. He refuses to eat cocaine chicken. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future. You can hit him on his hitter at

  • KB

    So this alludes to the previous post and automatically elevates this song into the pantheon of ‘blackest songs ever’ category. This is about the be the most streamed song for the next two days.

  • Kris

    This just made me love Obama even more. One of my faves on this album too. We are going to miss him as POTUS so much.

    • KB

      The white house is gonna be like that new club that opens up that is not too many people know about, but is jumpin then quickly falls off once word gets out and everybody and they momma start coming.

      • cakes_and_pies

        Or like having your favorite soul food spot gets gentrified and it turn into Becky’s House of green bean casserole.

  • YeaSoh

    The production on this song is pretty dope… I can see him appreciating that- the backgrounds and whatnot, which is dope in itself for a President. #Don’tGoBarack

  • belligerentwill

    POTUS is pretty much NEVER alone, so the idea that he forced (rightfully so) that album on so many different sets of ears from heads of state to secret service to gardeners makes me happy deep inside. It’s interesting to have this feeling of a shared but unspoken bond with the most powerful man in the world because you love the same music.

  • Courtney Wheeler
    He also loves the The Knick. My kinda guy!

  • I fuckx with Obama. He really is just so smooth.

    • Brass Tacks

      Yup. I turned my entire squad into Future Hive members; over the past year and a half.

      • 2011k

        I have a new-found love for Future. I tried to resist for as long as I could, then DS2 came out

      • I can’t do too much Future. His caterwauling gets SO annoying after like a verse and half a hook.

  • PDL – Cape Girl

    He segsy in that pic

    • That’s that fresh cut swag lol.

      • PDL – Cape Girl

        Yes it is!!!

      • QuirlyGirly


      • Aye Bee

        My thought exactly when i saw the pic

    • TeeDotCee

      Obama had me with this and I’ve never looked back. Our president is too cool, too handsome.

      • PDL – Cape Girl

        Yes ma’am. He’s all that and a bag of chips.

  • Post-presidency Obama is going to be a BEAST. I can’t wait for him to present at the Soul Train Awards.

    • Amazonian Midget

      I cannot wait for his presidential memoir to come out.

      • Janelle Doe

        I’m for Michelle’s

        • Amazonian Midget

          Yeah, I know hers will be GOOD!

      • JamesInstagram

        It’s gone be a mixtape you can download at DatPiff.

    • Pinks

      Can’t you see him throwing a fish fry on the North Lawn?

      • That really needs to happen.

        • Pinks

          I’d buy a ticket.

      • tgtaggie

        While wearing a lesiure suit like Lawerance on Blackish.

        • Sigma_Since 93

          With some Stacy Adams sandals on.

  • Keynote

    This. 1000X this.

    *or*…BO just regurgitated the song title that some culture-vulture staffer fed him in order to keep up appearances and earn him a few cool points.


    • cakes_and_pies

      I doubt it. He went on TV and said “Folks Wanna Pop Off.”

      • tgtaggie

        And probably really wanted to say Ni**as wanna pop off. lol.

  • Brass Tacks

    “Hip-hop doesn’t own Jay anymore. He’s on loan from the Smithsonian and s h it.”

    Truth; way beyond a reasonable doubt.

    • 2011k

      I see what you did there, lol

More Like This