Obama names favorite song, book and movie of 2015

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Edit Barack Obama’s favorite song of 2015 was by Kendrick Lamar.

Kendrick Lamar’s earth-shattering 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly may have earned him 11 Grammy nominations, but here’s another accolade of which the rapper can boast: President Obama named one of Lamar’s songs as his favorite of 2015.It’s been a big year for Barack and Michelle Obama, between major Supreme Court rulings on ObamaCare and same-sex marriage, the fight against ISIS, hosting the pope, and traveling abroad to address the Trans Pacific Partnership, the Paris terror attacks, and more. The Bible-inspired opus comes toward the end of Butterfly and tells the story of a homeless man—whom Lamar assumes is high on crack—begging for a single dollar bill at a roadside stop. “Beat it,” the rapper initially tells the man, expressing resentment at being hassled for his hard-earned money. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama recently revealed their favorite movies, music, TV, books, and moments to PEOPLE: FLOTUS named Bruno Mars’ pop smash “Uptown Funk” as her favorite 2015 song, but POTUS’ choice was a little more outside-the-box: “How Much a Dollar Cost” by Kendrick Lamar.

Jeva Lange Favorite moment: Starring on Running Wild with Bear Grylls in Alaska and “the gathering outside the White House following the Supreme Court ruling upholding the right of same sex couples to marry. It’s a truly dark song, perhaps reflective of the conflicted times we live in—and the difficulties Obama may face as an imperfect human tasked with leading the free world. And I felt God speaking through him to get at me.” With his other year-end picks, Barack chose Ridley Scott’s sci-fi film The Martian, Lauren Groff’s book Fates and Furies and Cinemax drama The Knick. At that point, the man reveals himself to be God – his selfishness & unwillingness to give the homeless man a dollar has cost him his place in Heaven.

The President previously showcased his diverse music taste in his Spotify summer vacation playlist, which spanned jazz (Miles Davis, John Coltrane), classic rock (Rolling Stones, Van Morrison), hip-hop (Talib Kweli & Hi Tek, Nappy Roots, Mos Def), funk (Sly & the Family Stone), modern rock (Coldplay, Florence + the Machine), indie rock (Okkervil River) and more. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

In 2008, Obama told reporters he was listening to Jay-Z, but he also talked about misogynistic and materialistic some rap music can be, and wished his daughters could listen to rap music “without me having to worry about them getting bad images of themselves.” Earlier this year, POTUS told a group of young people that as much as he loves the music, his rapping skills are lacking. “That’s the one thing I cannot do,” said the president.

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