Barack Obama had the White House goin' up.
Barack Obama may have some criticism towards masculinity in hip-hop but he's never shied away from the genre itself. He's arguably the one and only president to embrace rappers in the White House, hosting the likes of Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar during his presidency. The two artists have been included on his Spotify playlists from the past but it looks like he's also a big fan of French Montana, according to Questlove.
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During the latest episode of Broken Record with Malcolm Gladwell and Rick Rubin, Questlove recounted the time he was DJ'ing at the White House. He likened the setting to Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in terms of debauchery, saying, "they consider it the best night they had in their lives."
He was playing what you'd expect in that kind of setting: Donna Summers, old school hip-hop and jazz, but apparently that wasn't vibing with Obama's kids. The former president approached Questlove and had an unexpected song request.
“[Obama’s] coming up to me like, ‘Do you have French Montana?’ And I’m like, ‘Sir! I don’t have the clean versions of that,’” Questlove recounted. “He’s like, ‘We’re all adults here. Play it!’ I’m like, ‘Sir, I’m not gonna play ‘Pop that pussy, bitch, what ya twerkin' wit.’"
Peep the latest episode of Malcolm Gladwell and Rick Rubin's Broken Record below.