The Obamas have done it again. The first family of the Unites States of America has time and again challenged the formality that is associated with their position. President Obama and FLOTUS have always tried to be more accessible to people, and speaking ‘with’ them than ‘to’ them. This time it was First Lady Obama who shocked the world with her musical skills.
First Lady, Michelle Obama joined Jay Pharoah of Saturday Night Live to record a music video encouraging college enrollment. It’s quite astonishing to know that Hip-Hop music has reached The White House, especially after President Obama admitted that his favorite rap song was Kendrick Lamar’s track “How Much Does a Dollar Cost”. The US has been seeing a steady decline in college enrolment over the past two decades. A major factor for this is said to be the exorbitant tuition fee. The problem plaguing the American higher education system isn’t new. In fact, President Obama himself took 25 years to clear his student loan debt. Chicago Sun Times reported that Obama took out $42,753 in loans to pay for his Harvard Law School tuition. The US President has been quoted as saying, “I was in my 40s when we finished paying off our debt. And — and we should have been saving for Malia and Sasha by that time… ”
The idea of a rap video was genius to capture the world and spread the message of education. Rap music in the beginning was the songs of the oppressed and brutalized youth. Their message was loud and honest, for example NWA’s “F**k the Police” resulted in backlash from the mainstream media and citizens who did not understand their struggle. Rap music was demonized and misunderstood. As 2015 come to a close, we can see now that Hip Hop has shaped our culture tremendously. Some may argue but rap music has revolutionized popular culture. Look at the fact that a once underground dance “Dabbin” has finally reached the mainstream audience and that just to name a few cases.
“I want to honor and empower young people who are working hard in school and pursuing their dreams – and I want to do it in a fresh and fun way,” Michelle Obama said in a statement.
She has rapped with so much swag that Sam Reich, College Humor’s head of video, said, “I think the country will join me in saying, ‘Mrs. Obama, we think you should cut an album,’. All jokes aside, how do you guys feel about our First Lady dropping a rap album?
Check out the video below and feel free to leave your comments.
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