It’s that time again! A few times each year, former United States President Barack Obama, or perhaps the social media team employed by former United States President Barack Obama, likes to remind certain Americans that they could claim that the leader of the free world was a cool guy. To that end, Obama posts playlists of his favorite music, presenting the fantasy that this guy is here listening to Turnstile or Brent Faiyaz or Moneybagg Yo or whatever. And now he has done it again!
Obama’s latest summer playlist mixes up the kind of older guy songs Obama probably has Is listen – the Spinners, Joe Cocker, Al Green – with more current stuff. To that end, Obama’s playlist includes many unsurprising records: Beyoncé, Tems, Harry Styles, Bad Bunny. It also includes considerably more fun selections.
Please enjoy the image of Obama swinging at Rosalía and Lil Yachty and Doechii and the Foreign Exchange and Omar Apollo. Maybe he is! I do not know! Please enjoy more of Vince Staples’ pleasure of seeing his own name on Obama’s playlist.
Obama said great things about Kendrick Lamar, but the idea that he’s trying to sort Mr. Morale and Big Steps makes it more fun. (Obama’s Kendrick pick is “Die Hard,” but let’s all imagine his face the first time he heard “We Cry Together.”) For some reason, though, the funniest thing on this whole list of reading Obama is definitely wet leg. Obama is just putting his feet up in his Netflix production office, telling Alexa to play “Angelica” again. That makes perfect sense to me. Here is Barack Obama’s summer playlist: