Barack Obama Reveals How Jay-z’s “My 1st Song” Inspired Him While Running For President

It has been well over four years since Barack Obama has been president of the United States, however, he is still beloved by so many who are always happy to hear from him. 

According to reports, the former president posted on his Instagram asking for his followers to ask him questions. One of those questions was pertaining to what his favorite song is and he would reply by explaining there’s a particular one from Jay-Z. 

The song is “My 1st Song” by Jay-Z off of Jay-Z’s The Black Album. In an interview with Complex, Obama was asked “Do you have one verse you can recite by heart?” He would respond, “First, of all, Complex: you do not want to hear me rap. When I have tried to rap, my daughters have rolled their eyes, covered their ears. They think it’s painful. They even think my dancing is better than my rapping.” 

He would continue to explain the reason for liking Jay-Z’s song. “Now, having said that, I’ve mentioned a couple of songs that even when I was running for president came up a lot on my iPod. One of them was ‘My 1st Song’ by Jay-Z, which is a song that I love because it talks about the struggle of just trying to make it. And sometimes you have to resort to false bravado and hustle and tamping down your insecurities, and when I was running for president, obviously, at the point, I didn’t know whether I was gonna make it, so somehow that inspired me.” 

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