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Vince Staples’s Nod to Obama’s Summer Playlist

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Former President of the United States, Barack Obama, released his annual summer playlist and Vince Staples took notice immediately. On Tuesday, July 26, Obama released his annual summer playlist on social media. Additionally, this playlist featured a lot of hip-hop artists like Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples. However, the playlist also included artists from other genres like Prince. Clearly, the former president enjoys a variety of different genres when it comes to his taste in music. This playlist caught the attention of many people including artists who made the list like Vince Staples. Obama has a reputation for supporting the hip-hop community and the culture behind it. 

“Every year, I get excited to share my summer playlist because I learn about so many new artists from your replies – it’s an example of how music really can bring us all together,” Obama’s caption said. “Here’s what I’ve been listening to this summer. What songs would you add?” Clearly, Obama goes through the comments of his post to find new artists just like everyone online. You can see the full playlist in the tweet below. 

Vince Staples’s Response to Obama

The range in the summer playlist is vast from Rakim’s “When I B On The Mic” to “Dancing In The Dark” by Bruce Springsteen and “Ojitos Lindos” by Bad Bunny and Bomba Estéreo. The 60-year-old retired politician proves that he loves rap just as much as he loves Al Green or Aretha Franklin. 

Vince Staples’s song “Magic” with DJ Mustard landed at No. 43 on the list and the artist couldn’t help but give a nod to the former president. Just an hour after Obama posted his playlist on Twitter, the Long Beach native responded. Staples said “Dead homies Barack” which is a reference to an ad-lib Staples used in the song. Staples even joked around saying “If I convince Obama to get put on the set y’all gon be mad?”

Written by Partick Rodriguez | Twitter |

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