Presidents just wanna have fun, too. So Thursday, Barack Obama released his summer playlist, giving some musicians an August thrill.Chance the rapper, Corinne Bailey Rae and Common tweeted their appreciation.
But political opponents expressed disgust.
“ISIS is literally running trucks into crowds with children, and Obama drops a Spotify playlist. Unbelievable,” said one.
In any case, Entertainment Weekly reported, “Many of the artists on both playlists have strong ties to Obama and his time as president. ‘American history wells up when Aretha sings,’ Obama recently told The New Yorker of iconic soul singer Aretha Franklin, whose ‘Rock Steady’ appears on the daytime portion of the mix. And many of the featured artists — including Common, Janelle Monáe, and Gary Clark Jr. — have performed at the White House.”
Been waiting to drop this: summer playlist, the encore. What's everybody listening to? pic.twitter.com/mqh1YVrycj
— President Obama (@POTUS) August 11, 2016
EW noted that Obama’s summer mix is broken into two halves — for day and for night.
“The daytime mix features hot (pun intended) emerging artists such as Courtney Barnett (‘Elevator Operator’) and Leon Bridges (‘Smooth Sailin’’), as well as enduring classics by the likes of the Beach Boys (‘Good Vibrations’) and Nina Simone (‘Sinnerman’). The nighttime mix sports a similarly eclectic blend, featuring cuts from Obama’s fellow Chicagoan Chance the Rapper (‘Acid Rain’) to Janet Jackson (‘I Get Lonely’).”
I'm honored that our President would include in his summer playlist BUT THE FACT THAT HE PICKED ACID RAIN ??????⛽️?? https://t.co/M2ypVhCQFA
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) August 11, 2016
— Corinne Bailey Rae (@CorinneBRae) August 11, 2016
— COMMON (@common) August 11, 2016
Vice President Biden also releases "2016 Summer Playlist" pic.twitter.com/pNsHu0d3Ge
— Rob Wesley (@eastwes) August 11, 2016
ISIS is literally running trucks into crowds with children, and Obama drops a Spotify playlist. Unbelievable.
— Andrew Mullins (@AndrewWMullins) August 11, 2016
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) August 11, 2016
— The Verge (@verge) August 11, 2016
— White House Live (@WHLive) August 11, 2016
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