Cementing his position as the coolest president ever, and the dad you wish you had, US President Barack Obama has revealed his top musical picks of 2015 to People Magazine – and they’re great. Earning the title of Obama’s favourite song, is none other than Kendrick Lamar‘s How Much a Dollar Cost. The track was taken from Lamar’s 2015 release To Pimp a Butterfly, which has earned the rapper a whopping total of 11 grammy nominations and could quite possibly win album of the year.
The Obamas have made no secret of their love for hip-hop in the past, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Earlier this year in a Twitter Q&A, Obama credited OutKast‘s 1998 track Liberation as his favourite song of the moment. First Lady Michelle Obama also curated a hip-hop album in 2013, entitled Songs for a Healthier America. The album featured some pretty huge artists like Beyoncé, Run DMC and Ashanti, who all banded together to support Michelle’s Lets Move! campaign for solving childhood obesity.
How Much a Dollar Cost tells the story of a bible-quoting homeless man. The narrator, who meets the man outside of a gas station refuses to give him money, “Like I was supposed to save him/Like I’m the reason he’s homeless and askin’ me for a favor.” The homeless man asks the narrator about Exodus 14, and then states ” Tell me how much a dollar cost”. Despite his already professed love for hip-hop music, it’s interesting to note that Barack’s top pick of the year is a track that identifies with the less fortunate. It really does make you wonder what Donald Trump’s pick of the year would be…
Among his other picks of 2015 was his favourite book, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff and his favourite movie, The Martian. Regardless of political preferences, it’s kind of hard to deny that the President has excellent taste.
You can check out the interview with People Magazine here.