Fresh off his 11 Grammy nominations, rapper Kendrick Lamar can add another achievement to his belt. In a recent interview with People, President Obama said the Compton emcee made his favorite song of the year.
But it’s not the one you think.
While Lamar’s infectious hit “I” gave off serious self-love vibes, and his jazzy yet intense “Alright” became a protest anthem for the Black Lives Matter movement, President Obama went for a lesser known track off of the rapper’s album, To Pimp A Butterfly, the heady tune, “How Much Does A Dollar Cost.”
In the song, Lamar shows off his signature thoughtful lyrics:
How much a dollar really cost?
The question is detrimental, paralyzin’ my thoughts
Parasites in my stomach keep me with a gut feeling, y’all
Gotta see how I’m chillin’ once I park this luxury car
Hopping out feeling big as Mutombo
20 on pump 6, dirty Marcellus called me Dumbo
20 years ago, can’t forget
Now I can lend all my ear or two how to stack these residuals
Tenfold, the liberal concept of what men’ll do
20 on 6, he didn’t hear me
Indigenous African only spoke Zulu
My American tongue was slurry
Walked out the gas station
A homeless man with a semi-tan complexion
Asked me for ten rand, stressin’ about dry land
Deep water, powder blue skies that crack open
A piece of crack that he wanted, I knew he was smokin’
He begged and pleaded
Asked me to feed him twice, I didn’t believe it
Told him, “Beat it”
Contributin’ money just for his pipe, I couldn’t see it
He said, “My son, temptation is one thing that I’ve defeated
Listen to me, I want a single bill from you
Nothin’ less, nothin’ more”
I told him I ain’t have it and closed my door
Tell me how much a dollar cost
While President Obama went for an unlikely choice that shows he’s a serious rap fan, Mrs. Obama picked the ubiquitous tune, Uptown Funk, as her favorite song of 2015.
What was your favorite song of the year?