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Wow eight years goes fast doesn’t it.
Back in 2008, the hip hop community fell behind what will later become the first black president of the United States of America.
The former senator from Illinois set the world by storm with his unavoidable charisma, engaging speeches, and giving a voice to the young millenials of this country.
Hip hop had a big effect on the election in which Obama faced off against John McCain.
Nas (“Black President”) and Jeezy (“My President Is Black”) both made songs which became popular while helping the community engage in the election. Jay Z even laid a remix verse to the track where he gave the famous line:
Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther could walk, Martin Luther walked so Barack Obama could run, Barack Obama ran so all the children could fly, So I’mma spread my wings, you can meet me in the sky.
A mixtape before the election featured words from Russell Simmons, Jay Z, Joell Ortiz, Nas, and more titled Green Lantern & Russell Simmons Present: Yes We Can Mixtape.
Throughout the years our President brushed his shoulders, mentioned Lil’ Wayne, created a great playlist full of hip hop & r&b, and even revealed he and Michelle’s first date was to see Do The Right Thing.
We may never see the likes of that again in the White House.
Before his farewell speech, we take a look at the President’s biggest hip hop moments.
What’s your favorite?
Barack Obama’s Best Hip Hop Moments