Barack Obama Talks Music With Rolling Stone

The Commander-in-chief says while he's got some old school tracks on his iPod, he's also bumping Nas, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne.

Barack Obama will grace the cover of Rolling Stone magazine's upcoming issue. In the cover story, the president speaks on several topics, including the kinds of music he listens to.

"My iPod now has about 2,000 songs and it is a source of great pleasure to me," he told the magazine. "I am probably still more heavily weighted toward the music of my childhood than I am the new stuff. There's still a lot of Stevie Wonder, a lot of Bob Dylan, a lot of Rolling Stones, a lot of R&B, a lot of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Those are the old standards."

Obama also added that he's been delving into Hip Hop lately. During his campaign trail in 2008, he'd met with both Jay-Z and Kanye West, who he hoped would help him to reach out to the youth.

"Thanks to Reggie [Love, the president's personal aide], my rap palate has greatly improved. Jay-Z used to be sort of what predominated, but now I've got a little Nas and a little Lil Wayne and some other stuff, but I would not claim to be an expert. Malia and Sasha are now getting old enough to where they start hipping me to things. Music is still a great source of joy and occasional solace in the midst of what can be some difficult days."

Although President Obama did talk music, he also touched heavily on some more serious issues. Midterm elections are coming up and Democrats are predicted to lose key seats.

"We have to get folks off the sidelines," he said. "People need to shake off this lethargy, people need to buck up. Bringing about change is hard--that's what I said during the campaign. It has been hard and we've got some lumps to show for it. But if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren't serious in the first place. If you're serious, now's exactly the time that people have to step up."

43 Comments

  • white milk

    reading these comments just verifies that things are only going to get worse for us. obama is the worse president of all time???? how quickly we forget. has anyone not seen how the party of No does its best to sabotage everything this man does?? i read stories on y@hoo a lot and even if the story doesnt relate to obama in any way you still see have these racist f*ks that make stupid comments like its that monkey @$$ n!gg3rs fault and dumb ish like that. ON EVERY STORY NO MATTER THE SUBJECT. im sorry but i just cant ride with em. obviously its not all but without the white sheet covering their heads you cant tell what's what so i dont trust any of em. white ppl are cunning and sly. they will laugh in your face and stab yo @ss in the back as soon as u hit an about face. again i know its not all, there are many good ppl of all races out there (and bad for that matter)but you gotta be on point and ready cuz you never know. they still act as if slavery, jim crow (1867 - 1965!!!), and the civil rights movement have no connection to the current state of blacks and have the nerve to call it a card or whining or an excuse. all of that shyt equals a 400yr head start in a race to success and stability for them. slavery ended a looong time ago but racism, decsrimination, and oppression is alive and flourishing so to see so many blacks against this man is sad bc if we havent realized it by now the only mufuka thats going to help us is us so if we cannot come together we are doomed and thats the current outlook. shout out to obama. he has the hardest job in this country if not the world and he's doing ok by me. he cant just govern for us, he has to for everyone, including those that feel he's incompetent of doing anything except serving their tea.... i know this is a lot of bashing and makes me seem racist which im the furthest from but the truth is the truth and i also understand that there are many lazy folks out here that just dont want to work or expand their knowledge and im all for the gov't cutting they @ss off after so much assistnce. i believe everyone needs help sometimes but no one wants to continue helping someone that isnt trying to help themselves. but seriously lets call a spade a spade. it is what it is sorry for the novel but dam

    • Anonymous

      you clearly have no idea what you're talking about. the decomcrats are the majority in the house and sensate. that means if they want to pass something they dont need any votes from any other party. keep playing this "party of No" you're clearly talking about the democrats who have been running both houses for 8 years now. the democrats are the reason the housing bubble burst and made the economy tank worse than it already was. get your facts straight before you try to come and look smart on a messageboard because you just look like a fool to the people who really know what they're talking about.

  • Harry

    That is, he signed an extension of the Patriot Act. This is after promising to end it during his campaign.

  • Harry

    Just wanted to make a correction - someone said Obama didn't sign the Patriot Act; that's not true. He signed it 9 months into office with no news coverage. He's also bombed four countries in the Middle East, pushed an unconstitutional healtcare bill that no one wants, and everyone's covered it pretty well. And Lil Wayne sucks.

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  • Anonymous

    WOW! Im impressed, there are some actually intelligent comments here. its not like that Boondocks episode where Will I Am and Thugnificint made thjat "Dick Riding Obama" song. there's Huey Freemans out there who can make up their own mind instead of just drinking the kool-aid.

  • JJB

    See that 93% approval rating among blacks is very telling. No President should ever have a 93% approval rating. I say this because every one has, or should have, their own opinion about what is the right thing for their country. Obviously if 93% approve, then that means the vast majority aren't paying attention. People from all races going to the polls and voting for him because it's the "cool" thing to do is what got Obama elected in the first place. Atleast the other races are beginning to wise up.

    • Anonymous

      plus why is there only two options? because the media tells you naw nig u gotta get it in with 3rd 4th 5th options fuc only having to pick between an idiot and a dumbass!!! american ppl get it together!!!

    • Anonymous

      not mccain kucinich!!!!!!1

    • white milk

      r u saying we should have voted for mccain? i understand what you're saying about the approval ratings but when you only have two options you have to choose the one you think is best and i would do it again..and again. this is my opinion is the issue. blacks refuse to stick together for better or worse. whitey can always find a few that will go against the grain bc they feel they're more intelligent instead of trying to work with the ones that are at least willing to try and assist you. do i like everything this man has done? no. would i vote for him over mccain or another slimy conservative that couldnt care less about the poor or minorities. YES

    • ??

      r u saying we should have voted for mccain? i understand what you're saying about the approval ratings but when you only have two options you have to choose the one you think is best and i woudl do it again..and again. this is my opinion is the issue. blacks refuse to stick together for better or worse. whitey can always find a few that will go against the grain bc they feel they're more intelligent instead of trying to work with the ones that are at least willing to try and assist you. do i like everything this man has done? no. would i vote for him over mccain or another slimy conservative that couldnt care less about the poor or minorities. YES

    • Anonymous

      i know but little do they know being ro-hitler was "the cool thing to do" they even had the hitler youth....not saying that the obama administration is as evil as nazi germany but i fnd it funny how there is the "obama youth brigade" goes to show you how ignorant the masses are

  • J

    how many times are they gonna post "Obama listens to jay Z"? enough already.

  • Being Real

    Obama is the man straight up. NOT ONE of you who oppose him offer NOT ONE! solution. It's OK us Dems will keep cleaning up the MAJOR FUCK UP you left.

    • white milk

      im not trying to say dems are better. both parties are full of self serving idiots that seem to be out of touch with reality imo HOWEVER this is what we have to work with. saying f*k the dems and the repubs is basically becoming uninvolved with the whole process which is what "they" would love for us to do, just be quiet and take orders. i like ron paul as well but he didnt have a chance. im also conservative when it comes to a few issues like welfare and these assistance programs with no limits. all that being said whether we like it or not there will be 2 options in the end. we just have to choose between the lesser of two evils. im disappointed in a few things obama has done but like i said, if i had to choose between those two candidates again nothing changes for me. and mccain isnt that bad of a guy but choosing palin as his vp was a nail in the coffin. i agree with a lot of what most of you are saying but the fact remains that we must work with what we have and this is what we have.

    • Anonymous

      yo white milk stop making seem like democrats are better cus both parties are idiots concerned w/ their own political agenda. I like ron paul he is a conservative and i like kucinich he is a democrat so stop making seem like its one choice or another because there is a huge spectrum of ideologies

    • rqrwqr

      no i understand how the democratic system works the only ppl that can pass bills is congress but the president holds the power of rejecting these laws and not signing them. there is no way that congress will override him w/ 3/4 vote! so instead of obama influencing democratic congress to vote on stupid laws he should put out good ideas. AT the end of the day the system is set up w. checks and balances and obama does not have to approve the bill that the congress put out!!! so u need to check up on yo political education white boy

    • white milkq

      not sure if you;re payign attention but thats what hes trying to do but he has those other guys, you know the conservatards, that block all of his measures when it comes to taxing the rich or the large corporations. ppl act as if once he says it, it automatically happens when the truth is he can put forth any measure he wants but our system is setup so that they can all be blocked and that is whats happening... lastly were these large corporations not getting their way under republicans and do you truly think for one second that if a republican was president right now that he would start putting your needs before big business? thats what trips me out. how can you continue to throw dirt his way when at least he trys. the republicans are the party of No and will not support this BLACK man no matter what and if you thik for one second that race doesnt play some part in this then you are ignorant. ill sya it again. if he runs again and i have to choose between him and a no good conservative ill choose the former....

    • ERER

      I DID.tax corporate wealth and use the money to benefit the desolate not the other way around!!!! A democratic president shouldnt have the ideologies of a republican unless he is there to uphold and maintain corporate benefits! BUT AT THE END Of THE DAY, we weren't elected presidents he was and the whole point is to represent the American people and when you have so much facts that is not representing us but the corporations then we shouldnt support him but make him listen to our claims but you like most are politically ignorant! you dont know shit you repeat what is on the news when they have their stupid little debates and say shit like "yea, bush left it fucked up""obama is trying""he is still new""rome was not built in a day" and you guys refuse to accept that so far the corporations get their way ps. i am not a republican i believe Kucinich would have done a much better job....but i know half you guys had no idea who he was because you guys depend 99% to get your info from your local news and that nigga wasnt getting any media play!!!

  • otto

    Yo F the Republicans for not doing shyt and way you go Mr. President I got your side on this.

  • sadasd

    @ Anonymous #1 i agree completely yea bush fucked up a lot o shit but look at fdr he came in a bad situation and helped the US economy proper(yes ultimately it caused for new problems for 2day but nonetheless it got America going) saying that obama came into a shitty presidency is a cop out because being a president one is "suppose" to overcome the difficulties of past presidential fuck ups i was pro-obama because he was the 1st black president...but then i thought about it...im being completely racist because he is a shitty president Also, just because one opposes Obama doesnt mean you are pro-right wing. That a fallible argument. I am anti-obama but that does not mean i like bush!!!! Get it through your head stop supporting Obama just cus its the thing to do...just cus he is an icon just cus he is black!!! You know what obama could have done to gain my support: 1. go after The Bush Administration, on just one thing jesus these niggas need to be indicted already 2. not approve stupid bailouts the wallstreet mortgage deal was a fucking scam and those whom profited from the debt of the disadvantaged should be held accountable 3. immigration reform....shit nigga do something! i mean at least the dream act 4. not approve a healthcare bill that is soley beneficial to insurances companies. I do not want to be forced into buying healthcare even if it is "affordable" for if i have no means i do not have the money to buy....wonder why insurances companies advocate for this bill...oh yes the medical business is a $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ in closing fuck obama!

    • etetw r

      come on lazy ppl read what i wrote it may open yo eyes!!! forget it why am i wasting my time go watch AMerican idol or some shit!!

    • sadAD

      What do you mean it is in the past? Going after the bush administration would set the bar as far as presidents having to uphold the Geneva Convention as well as the Us Constitution. It is unfair that the Obama administration as yet to go after not one person, yet our criminal system penalizes the American people for the stupidest crimes eg: the vast incarcerated for non-violent drug offences (carrying weed) THe US government is a democracy anymore. It is an oligarchy used to benefit corporate wealth. what other reason would the Obama administration use tax payers money as well as put the country more in debt to satisfy the needs of corporate welfare?? IS it that helping the rich will eventually trickle down to help the poor---well that sounds too much like Reagan-omics to me! THe people that these companies scammed the ignorant desolate, the American people, didnt receive a bailout. That is clearly unfair what happened with the bailouts is that is was SOCIALISM for THE RICH(and the my friend is a huge oxymoron) Isnt the whole point of living in a CAPITALISTIC SOCIETY to accept the fact that some business will prosper while other will fail?? that is the point of having competing markets. So then why do we have to bail out what is obviously a failed idea. Q:General Motors got money from the US and do you know what they did with it???? A: behind closed doors they moved their factories to foreign land to capitalize on cheap labor. Wow! so the whole reagan-omics shit doesnt even apply here!!! Those who profited from their corporate business are not that easily willing to let go of that profit and if the situation came to it they would have reinvested from their own pockets. But its okay because OBAMA here helped these greedy niggas out. None of the bankrupt companies had bankrupt CEO's....what do you think rich people do just sit there w/ their money when an investment fails? No they must keep the money flowing one way or another. BUt they threaten our jobs and we the Obama administration took the bait! but you never know one can speculate that, that was the whole point! Now as far as the healthcare bill Obama still made it forcible for a person to purchase insurance and even though it was a government option i dont think its for the American government to force me to buy anything....But my main problem want for the poor that were so poverty stricken that they couldnt even afford even that,,,,but rather the limits the bill provides or small businesses trying to come up. How do the mom and pop shops get the money flowing if they make it obligatory them to provide healthcare for their small workforce and then penalize them when they cant, but here comes that greedy insurance companies ready to provide "affordable" healthcare. Why doesnt the obama administration tax the insurance companies that fraudulently scam their costumers into not paying them when real health issues come up and use that tax to fund programs like Medicare and programs to provide healthcare to our children At the end of the day pay attention who are we really working for? It is not the people; The system is intricately designed to help those at the top of the socio-economic latter...the huge corporations! dont be fooled because obama is cool young and hip...he like every president are puppeteers maneuvered by the hands of giant corporations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      1 fuck the bush administration, that's old news. going after them isn't going to get anything done. 2 obam pushed for the bailouts cuz it was one of the best ways to help the economy. yeah those wall street dudes were ripping people off but they have so much power over the economy in general that tiwould be a bad thing if they failed. the economy basicly needs them do your research. 3) no comment, didn;t follow up to much on that one. 4) obama's original agenda was for there to be national health insurance, basicly you wouldn't have to buy health insurance to begin with. but those republican are always cock blockin stay up to date man

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  • komm

    damn the tea party is on dx too....this shit is getting crazy....stay off hip hop sites...go back to fox news you tea party assholes

    • Anonymous

      i watch fox news too but i heard they still shows patriots and nationalist not real intelligent cats

    • Lima

      @dscsdv I agree with you about how fringe groups are portrayed in the media, but if you're watching Fox News, Tea Partyers are actually portrayed as normal Americans who just want less (or no) taxes. You'll get a different story depending on the channel you watch.

    • dscsdv

      I watch news and i can tell you that is intricately designed to be framed reports that satisfy the ideologies of their advertisers who in turn are purposely content w/ maintaining the status quo So when the news tells me that the TEA PARTY is bad i am inclined to believe otherwise THink about it like this, When the local news decides to report on something in the hood, they always seem to get the most ignorant ghetto person to comment as if there are not intelligent articulate ppl in the hood. Of course this is designed so that outsiders believe that those that are poor must be ignorant and it obviously upholds status quo I believe that they choose the most racist outrageous ignorant tea party people so we will ignore their message..... like i tend to think o myself as a liberal but i agree hat the universal health care bill only benefits the insurance companies and not the desolate! Also i believe that We should be able to carry guns like our 2nd amendment states. I will not depend on police to defend myself against bangers who illegally have guns anyways So why is that we cant share some conservative ideologies? at the end o the day Democrats and Republicans are shitty and corrupt So do everyone a favor NEVER EVER go by what the media tells you they have their own agends!!!

  • Anonymous

    talk about a joke as a president. After Rolling Stone sabotages the general incharge of Afgahnistan he goes and gives them an interview. Obama is the worst president since Jimmy Carter. He's done absolutely nothing to better the country but to push his own agenda which the vast majority of the country has been against but he doesnt care what America wants he's just out to get what he wants and doesnt care who it hurts in the process. Atleast he'll be out in 2012 and we can get a real leader in the white house

    • Indiemuzik

      @Anonymous It's kinda funny that you used an oxymoron by stating that a poll of people's opinions are "the FACTS"..lol! And believe it or not, I don't have to be on par with your beliefs to disagree with the president. Unlike you I'm capable of forming my own conclusions and can disagree with BOTH you AND the president. So stop being a pretensious a**hole and go to bed or something old timer.

    • Anonymous

      @ Eddie Murphy two word answer Health Care

    • Anonymous

      When you use cable TV news channels to get news about the election, are mainly getting information from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC or some other cable news channel or website?  Mainly Fox News 42%  Mainly CNN 30%  Mainly MSNBC 12%  Other cable news channel/website 9%  Unsure/Refused 7% Do you approve or disapprove of the job he is doing?  Approve strongly. 35%  Approve.11%  Unsure . 3%  Disapprove . 6%  Disapprove strongly . 45% Given what you know about the new health reform law, do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of it?  Very favorable. 18%  Somewhat favorable. 24%  Somewhat unfavorable. 13%  Very unfavorable. 41%  Unsure . 4% Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of the health care law?  Very favorable. 18%  Somewhat favorable. 24%  Somewhat unfavorable. 13%  Very unfavorable. 41%  Unsure .4% those are FACTS, taken by liberal ass George Washington University so you cant play the racist card there. not to mention the 21 states that are suing the federal government on behalf of their citizens to get out of Obamacare, The 21 states are: AZ, AL, AK, AR, CA, CO, GA, HI, ID, IN, KS, ME, MI, MO, MT, NH, NV, OK, PA, TX, and WA the following is also by a liberal outlet, CNN 1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president? Approve Disapprove No opinion ALL AMERICANS 47% 50% 2% BLACKS 93% 5% 1% HISPANICS 57% 41% 3% WHITES 37% 61% 2% Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling: The economy Approve 42% Disapprove 57% Health care policy Approve 44% Disapprove 54% The situation in Afghanistan Approve 46% Disapprove 51% The situation in Iraq Approve 49% Disapprove 49% The federal budget deficit Approve 36% Disapprove 62% Illegal immigration Approve 38% Disapprove 59% The situation in the Gulf of Mexico Approve 45% Disapprove 53% those are the FACTS, look 'em up if your not too lazy

    • Indiemuzik

      @Anonymous/Troll/cocksucker: How about instead of espousing blanket statements you provide an introspective argument on why you loathe him so much. Also I'm not exactly Obama's biggest supporter, but that's because I believe he hasn't done ENOUGH to push his original agenda (circa 2008).

    • Joshua Tureaud

      @Anonymous:TROLL BY REAL LEADER YOU MEAN WHAT? AND WHAT "VAST MAJORITY" ARE YOU TALKIN ABOUT? YOU MEAN THE GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO RELIGIOUSLY WATCHES FOX NEWS? OH OKAY YEAH IN THAT CASE YOUR OPNION DOSEN'T MATTER.

    • EddieMurrrphy

      i'm not the biggest fan of dude, but it basically is exactly what anonymous 2 said. but i got one thing for the first anonymous you talk about how he is pushing his "agenda". what exactly is this and what is the negative result in this. what moves has he made that we all as a country have been like 'yo wat the fuck man' he has signed no patriot act or any bullshit like that. what is his "agenda" man? tell me that. actually can you even tell me what an agenda is dick wipe?

    • Anonymous

      He may not be doing the greatest as our president, but do you realize what he was following?! Bush did so much damage to this country that it didn't matter who was in office next. I'm thankful that it wasn't McCain because it would have been 4 more years of Bush basically.

    • we @ u

      sound like a bush supporter

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