Several Hip Hop and R&B artists grabbed the attention of Barack Obama for his annual end-of-the-year picks. The former president named Summer Walker, J. Cole, DaBaby and more when choosing his favorite books, movies and music of 2019.
“From hip-hop to country to The Boss, here are my songs of the year,” Obama tweeted on Monday (December 30). “If you’re looking for something to keep you company on a long drive or help you turn up a workout, I hope there’s a track or two in here that does the trick.”
From hip-hop to country to The Boss, here are my songs of the year. If you’re looking for something to keep you company on a long drive or help you turn up a workout, I hope there’s a track or two in here that does the trick. pic.twitter.com/mQ2VssyDwt
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 30, 2019
Walker’s “Playing Games” leads the playlist with Beyonce’s “Mood 4 Eva” and Lizzo‘s chart-topping “Juice” among the other selections. J. Cole’s Grammy-nominated “Middle Child,” Lil Nas X’s remixed “Old Town Road” and Young Thug’s “The London” also make the cut.
Obama’s inclusion of “Suge” by DaBaby prompted a Twitter storm with both the track’s title and “Barack” trending on the social media platform. While it ranked as HipHopDX’s 2019 Song of the Year, Twitter users had fun grappling with the image of the former commander-in-chief getting down to the Baby On Baby slapper.
Obama got Suge in his 2019 playlist.. y’all think he be in his Michelle house like pic.twitter.com/7meiu4MmHK
— Ginger Beer Riddim 🍺 (@Ochizzle_) December 30, 2019
Along with promoting the likes of Mustard, Burna Boy and Wale, Obama compiled his music picks into a nearly two-hour Spotify playlist.
Check out Obama’s favorites below.