No matter how you feel about President Barack Obama, it’s still surprising to learn the leader of the free world listens to Nas and Lil Wayne.
President Obama is updating his iPod playlist these days and getting a little more gangster with his music, he admitted in an interview with Rolling Stone.
“Thanks to Reggie [Love, the president's personal aide], my rap palate has greatly improved,” President Obama says. “Jay-Z used to be what sort of 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.”
President Obama also reveals that his daughters have kept him in the loop on today’s new music: “Malia and Sasha are now getting old enough to where they start hipping me to things,” the President says. “Music is still a great source of joy and occasional solace in the midst of what can be some difficult days.”
But the President points out he hasn’t abandoned classic rock, sharing that he stills feels connected to the music of his youth. “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,” he says.