From his public playlists featuring artist like Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B and J. Cole to the various winks and nods to the culture in his speeches, Barack Obama has made it clear that he is a fan of hip-hop music.
But thanks to famed drummer for The Roots, Questlove, we have an even more clear idea of just how well-versed the 45th President of the United States is in hip-hop music and culture.
On an appearance on Malcolm Gladwell and Rick Rubin’s ‘Broken Record’ podcast, QuestLove told the story of then-president Obama interrupting QuestLove’s 6-hour set at the final White House party, to request a song by French Montana.
“[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.’ He’s like, ‘We’re all adults here. Play it!’ I’m like, ‘Sir, I’m not gonna play ‘Pop that pu**y, b***h.’'” Questlove recalled, paraphrasing the hook of Montana’s 2013 lead single “Pop That.”
After being completely thrown off by the request, QuestLove said he changed his set to match the mood the president was clearly looking to create for those in attendance. Questlove noted that the party did indeed transform after that.
“That night became animal house,” Questlove said, “it was the most debaucherous thing.”
Apparently, attending to the president’s more wild side was the right move for the drummer/DJ. The family later requested his musical services again, asking him to curate a selection of songs for Michelle Obama’s Becoming book tour.
“They asked me to put like 30 songs together,” Questlove recalled, “I ended up putting like 1,400 songs.”
Apparently, the Obamas like variety.
Listen to the entire Podcast segment here.
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