Barack Obama’s Summer Playlist of 2020 has Nas, Stevie Wonder

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Gosh, I really miss Barack Obama every day. Every time he posts on Instagram, I quickly “double tap” on everything he posted, based solely on the fact that it was Barack Obama who posted it. On Monday, however, I ‘liked’ what he posted, because it shows his incredible musical whole.

That’s true people: Us Forever POTUS ‘ annual summer Playlist is public!

In the title of his playlist shared on Instagram, Obama wrote that he had more time than usual to listen to music, and some of the songs he selected for the 2020 edition of his coveted playlist were by artists who the performance at this Democratic National Convention this week included Common, John Legend, Leon Bridges, Billy Porter and folk pop singer Maggie Rogers.

“As always, [the playlist is] a mix of genres that travel through different eras, ”Obama wrote. “I think there’s something for everyone here – hope you enjoy it.” Oh, we will!

A hip-hop genre, 44 made sure to include some of the heavyweights and newcomers of the genre, such as Nas (“Memory Lane”), Outkast (“Liberation”), Little Simz (“one life, could live”) And COOL (“The sun”). He also recorded some throwback hits, such as Stevie Wonder (“I do”), Otis Redding (“These weapons of mine”), Nina Simone (“My Baby Just Cares For Me”) and war (“All Day Music”). Truth be told, I’m having a very hard time imagining Barack Obama listening to Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Savage (Remix)’, but if 2020 has taught me anything, it’s that life is shocking.full of surprises. (Editor’s note: Somehow it does not surprise me at all.)

Several of the musicians featured on the playlist posted their reactions to being recorded. Rapper, model and activist Chika, who was recently mentioned to the XXL Freshman Class in 2020, wrote on Twitter: “A song I wrote at 19 after I dropped out to pursue music while living at home and working at fuckin ‘chipotle ended up on Obama’s 2020 summer playlist … what do you think? ” Grammy-nominated group Thanks and the Bangas took to Instagram to say they are “Honored to be on any list @michelleobama and @barackobama are curating.” They appeared on Michelle Obama’s podcast playlist, which was released earlier this month.

In previous playlist years, Obama included artists such as HER, Janelle Monáe, Lizzo, Rihanna, Prince, Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones in his coveted rotation. Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s playlist – the best playlist of any playlist ever made – with Scott Baio praising him, is a children’s theater version of “Seventy-Six Trombones” The Music Man, and a tassel attempt to play “Taps” with a torn seam.

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