10 Rappers at the White House
For years, artists have boasted about presidential cars, presidential watches and "dead presidents," a.k.a. cash money, in their songs. Certain MCs can take it a step further by bragging about their lofty position at a record label, as Pusha T does on "Untouchable" when he spits, "Adidas gave me a million and that don’t bounce/The president of G.O.O.D. Music has been announced."
However, very few rappers can say they've actually met up with the President of the United States at his place of residence. In case you're not familiar with these rare instances, XXL has you covered: we've compiled a list of 10 Rappers at the White House.
President Barack Obama has welcomed various artists to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., from legends like Common and Queen Latifah to current superstars including Kendrick Lamar and Nicki Minaj. It's always a good time linking up with Barry O., whether an artist comes for a performance, for a correspondents' dinner or for a birthday party.
Most recently, the aforementioned Pusha T visited the White House for Obama's 55th birthday bash. Based off his amazing drunk reaction to the event, it's safe to say King Push had a good time. In the hilarious clip, he sways back and forth a bit and says, “Couple things, who would have ever thought, man, I would be at the president’s birthday party with high waters on and Gucci loafers with no socks, in the White House. I took my shoes off. Y’all can’t fuck with me!”
But that's just one example of rhymers enjoying themselves inside the White House walls. Keep scrolling to view the entire list. And, if you want more, go back and revisit XXL's list of 6 Pictures of President Obama With Rappers.
Queen Latifah visited the East Room of the White House in April 2013 as part of the In Performance at the White House series. The rapper got up in front of the large crowd and to speak a few words and thank Obama for having her. The fun-filled night featured performances of Memphis Soul music.
I know rappers be posting chains n rings n shit. No worries my man @jimmyxboi got me coming but in the mean time check this baller ass shit right here. #GoingToTheWhiteHouse #ButIaintAHouseNegro #Honored #MyGrandParentsWudbePleased #Ihopetheycanseeme #ShayMadeMeGoTho LOL #YaCantBuyThisShitMane #IHopeTheCIAdontKillMyAss lol
Will Smith got the highly sought-after invite to the annual White House Correspondents' Dinnner. The rapper-turned-actor attended the 102nd annual event, which took place on April 30, 2016. This year's correspondents' dinner marked Obama's final one while still in office.
Humbly speaking this was my 5th time meeting and speaking with our President. Never had him sign anything and today I thought to myself I'm trippin! Today I got my book personally signed and no words can explain the excitement of having this added to my collection of life changing memorabilia #historic