The former President Barack Obama released his annual summer playlist over the weekend, and some of the artists on there may surprise you.
Entertainment Tonight reported that the playlist includes a few classics like George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord,” Stevie Wonder’s “If You Really Love Me,” Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” and “Tumbling Dice” by the Rolling Stones.
There are also some modern day surprises like Migos’ “Straightenin,” Sza’s “Good Days,” Brandi Carlile’s “Speak Your Mind” from his and wife Michelle Obama’s Netflix series We the People, and Drake and Lil Baby’s “Wants and Needs.”
Rihanna’s “Desperado” made the cut this year, as did “Allure,” which is by Obama’s rapper friend JAY-Z.
“With so many folks getting together with family and friends, there’s a lot to celebrate this summer,” Obama tweeted. “Here’s a playlist of songs I’ve been listening to lately — it’s a mix of old and new, household names and emerging artists, and a whole lot in between.”
With so many folks getting together with family and friends, there’s a lot to celebrate this summer. Here’s a playlist of songs I’ve been listening to lately—it's a mix of old and new, household names and emerging artists, and a whole lot in between. pic.twitter.com/xwTPun9wsw
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 10, 2021
Cardi B, who is married to Migos member Offset, celebrated the playlist on social media.
“I can really imagine Barack taking important calls like ‘ain’t nothin but alil bit of straightenin’ ???? Congrsts boys @Migos,” she tweeted.
Obama revealed earlier this year that his daughters Malia and Sasha are certainly not fans of his rapping skills.
“When I have tried to rap, my daughters have rolled their eyes, covered their ears,” Obama said. “They think it’s painful. They even think my dancing is better than my rapping.”
Last month, Barack opened up about the activism of his daughters.
“I always worry about their physical safety; that’s just the nature of fatherhood…But in terms of them having a good sense of what’s right and wrong, and their part and role to play in making the country better, I don’t worry about that,” he said, according Entertainment Tonight.
Barack went on to say that his daughters’ generation has no tolerance for the injustices that previous generations have put up with.
“What you and I might have tolerated as ‘That’s sort of how things are,’ their attitude is ‘Why? Let’s change it,'” he explained. “That’s among not just my daughters, but it’s among their white friends. There’s this sense of, ‘Of course, it’s not acceptable for a criminal justice system to be tainted by racism. Of course you can’t discriminate against somebody because their sexual orientation.'”
“There’s things they take for granted that I want them to take for granted,” Barack continued. “They’re not just interested in making noise, they’re interested in what works.”