President Obama's Hip-Hop Moments

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Happy Birthday, POTUS - President Barack Obama turns a cool 55 years old today. On his birthday — his last as a sitting president, we must add — we just had to take stock of POTUS’s hip-hop moments. We’re going to miss Barack Obama in the White House so much. How much are we going to miss him? This little girl is basically all of us. Happy Birthday, President Obama. Sorry for all the gray hairs. – Jon Reyes, Kathy Iandoli and BET Staff(Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) 

#POTUSBarz - “Obama, out.” Two words from President Obama’s final White House 2016 Correspondents’ Dinner summed up why he will remain as the coolest president in history. As our dear POTUS finished his final #WHCD dinner, he uttered those very words and dropped his mic. It’s like he just won a rap battle. Hasn’t he though? Obama’s two terms have been filled with him constantly battling Congress and some of the American people. And he did so gracefully. That level of confidence is so hip-hop.(Photo: ABC NEWS)

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#POTUSBarz - “Obama, out.” Two words from President Obama’s final White House 2016 Correspondents’ Dinner summed up why he will remain as the coolest president in history. As our dear POTUS finished his final #WHCD dinner, he uttered those very words and dropped his mic. It’s like he just won a rap battle. Hasn’t he though? Obama’s two terms have been filled with him constantly battling Congress and some of the American people. And he did so gracefully. That level of confidence is so hip-hop.(Photo: ABC NEWS)

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The Illest Posse Cut in History  - Last month, Obama invited several of hip-hop?s power players (including DJ Khaled, Nicki Minaj, Pusha T, J. Cole and many others) to the White House to discuss his #MyBrothersKeeper initiative. They were all overjoyed and inspired.? (Photo: Swizz Beatz via Instagram)

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The Illest Posse Cut in History  - Last month, Obama invited several of hip-hop’s power players (including DJ Khaled, Nicki Minaj, Pusha T, J. Cole and many others) to the White House to discuss his #MyBrothersKeeper initiative. They were all overjoyed and inspired.  (Photo: Swizz Beatz via Instagram)

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Panda Panda Panda Panda - When Desiigner?s ?Panda? made No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, what happened? An Obama mash-up was born. Check it out on Baracksdubs.(Photo: Baracksdubs via YouTube.com)   

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Panda Panda Panda Panda - When Desiigner’s “Panda” made No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, what happened? An Obama mash-up was born. Check it out on Baracksdubs.(Photo: Baracksdubs via YouTube.com)  

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Jumpman, Jumpman, Jumpman  - Oh yes, let’s not forget that other dub of Obama rapping Future and Drake’s  “Jumpman." Check it out on Baracksdubs. (Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

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Barry O and K Dot - At the top of this year, Obama invited his favorite rapper, Kendrick Lamar, to the White House. He also settled the debate of Kendrick vs. Drake, expressing K Dot was the clear winner.(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

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Yeezy Gets Humbled - Remember when Obama called Kanye West a jackass? OK, that was great, but then he took it further in March 2015 on Jimmy Kimmel Live! by stating he hasn't called Kanye (contrary to Ye's lyric suggesting he has) because he doesn’t have Ye’s phone number. Welp. (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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POTUS x SXSW - As hip-hop has consistently embraced SXSW over the years, so does our hip-hop president. At this past year’s SXSW, Obama was the keynote speaker at SXSW Interactive. More bars. (Photo: Gary Miller/Getty Images)

Obama + Hamilton - Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda paid a visit to the White House and freestyled. Obama tossed the cue cards like a G. (Photo: White House via Instagram)

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Obama + Hamilton - Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda paid a visit to the White House and freestyled. Obama tossed the cue cards like a G. (Photo: White House via Instagram)

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#FLOTUSBarz - We’ll give this one to POTUS because the first lady is also so hip-hop. Michelle Obama’s rap video encouraging kids to go to college is better than most work your favorite rapper has put out in recent years. Check it out on College Humor.(Photo: College Humor via YouTube.com)

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#FLOTUSBarz - We’ll give this one to POTUS because the first lady is also so hip-hop. Michelle Obama’s rap video encouraging kids to go to college is better than most work your favorite rapper has put out in recent years. Check it out on College Humor.(Photo: College Humor via YouTube.com)

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Dirt Off Ya Shoulder - No, seriously, only Barack Obama could get Jay Z to pose in a picture like this. While Hov didn't make the cut on Obama's extensive Spotify playlists, Beyonc? did. (Photo: Morin via Instagram)

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Dirt Off Ya Shoulder - No, seriously, only Barack Obama could get Jay Z to pose in a picture like this. While Hov didn't make the cut on Obama's extensive Spotify playlists, Beyoncé did. (Photo: Morin via Instagram)

D.C. Thing - Mr. Folarin stopped by the Oval Office last month to perform and speak to college-bound students as part of first lady Michelle Obama's Beating the Odds Summit. While there, he and the prez connected and he told Twitter, "Thank you for havin me. Wasn't planning on meeting with 'the man' but it was a pleasant surprise."(Photo: Wale via Instagram)

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D.C. Thing - Mr. Folarin stopped by the Oval Office last month to perform and speak to college-bound students as part of first lady Michelle Obama's Beating the Odds Summit. While there, he and the prez connected and he told Twitter, "Thank you for havin me. Wasn't planning on meeting with 'the man' but it was a pleasant surprise."(Photo: Wale via Instagram)

Versatile - To most, Jay-Z is seen as a hip-hop god that's become a businessman, but his collaboration with Justin Timberlake is showing that Hov has the ability to reach all types of audiences, making him even more respectable. (Photo: Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)

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'99 Problems but Mitt Ain't One' - Jay Z hit the stage at an Ohio grassroots rally for President Obama days before the 2012 presidential election. He remixed the end of his hit single, "99 Problems," to say, "If you having world problems, I feel bad for you, son / I got 99 problems, but Mitt ain't one."(Photo: Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)

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The Carters and the Obamas - Mr. and Mrs. Carter hosted a high-powered fundraiser for the president, charging $40,000 a person for the dinner at the 40/40 club. This is just one of the many collaborations between the Obama administration and hip-hop's first couple. (Photo: Faceboom/officialbeyonce)

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Weighing in on Wack Raps - When Nicki Minaj rhymed that she was a "Republican, voting for Mitt Romney, you lazy b*****s are f**king up the economy," the president didn't get offended. Instead, he concluded that she was simply being her, playing multiple personalities.(Photos from left: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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Respect Hip-Hop's Vote - 2 Chainz teamed up with the Hip Hop Caucus to serve as the face of the Respect My Vote campaign, which encourages hip hop fans to get out and vote. While the organization is nonpartisan, 2 Chainz is an avid supporter of Obama and likely one of the biggest hip-hop advocates in his reelection.(Photos from left: Mark Wilson/Getty Images, John Lamparski/WireImage)

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Respect Hip-Hop's Vote - 2 Chainz teamed up with the Hip Hop Caucus to serve as the face of the Respect My Vote campaign, which encourages hip hop fans to get out and vote. While the organization is nonpartisan, 2 Chainz is an avid supporter of Obama and likely one of the biggest hip-hop advocates in his reelection.(Photos from left: Mark Wilson/Getty Images, John Lamparski/WireImage)

When Hip-Hop Meets Sandy - Rapper Game shelled out $10,000 to 500 displaced Hurricane Sandy victims to assist with transportation costs to get them to the polls. He said he didn't do it for Obama, but in the end, it probably benefited his victory.(Photos from left: Greg Tidwell, PacificCoastNews.com, AP Photo/Pool-Rick Wilking)

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When Hip-Hop Meets Sandy - Rapper Game shelled out $10,000 to 500 displaced Hurricane Sandy victims to assist with transportation costs to get them to the polls. He said he didn't do it for Obama, but in the end, it probably benefited his victory.(Photos from left: Greg Tidwell, PacificCoastNews.com, AP Photo/Pool-Rick Wilking)

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Jeezy Does It Again - Jeezy released a new song celebrating Obama's 2012 election victory called "We Done It Again." The president has shouted out the rapper on numerous occasions for including him in his music.(Photos from left: Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images,Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)

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Defending Sesame Street - Will.i.am joined President Obama in Ohio a month before the election in 2011, defending the need for public media funding for educational programs like PBS's Sesame Street. Obama, of course, agreed.(Photos from left: Alex Wong/Getty Images, Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

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Defending Sesame Street - Will.i.am joined President Obama in Ohio a month before the election in 2011, defending the need for public media funding for educational programs like PBS's Sesame Street. Obama, of course, agreed.(Photos from left: Alex Wong/Getty Images, Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Hip-Hop's Men Stick Up for Planned Parenthood - Q-Tip joined the ladies in promoting the importance of women's reproductive rights and health along with Planned Parenthood in 2013. The viral video took snippets of an Obama speech on women having the right to make their own decisions about their health care.(Photos from left: AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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Hip-Hop's Men Stick Up for Planned Parenthood - Q-Tip joined the ladies in promoting the importance of women's reproductive rights and health along with Planned Parenthood in 2013. The viral video took snippets of an Obama speech on women having the right to make their own decisions about their health care.(Photos from left: AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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P & P - Super-producer Pharrell stopped by the White House to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the president in 2010.(www.twitter.com)

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P & P - Super-producer Pharrell stopped by the White House to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the president in 2010.(www.twitter.com)

Best Rapper Alive? - Obama gave Weezy a special shout-out during a July 2009 speech with the NAACP. While standing in front of an attentive crowd, Obama advised American youth to invest in their education as opposed to careers as athletes and rappers."You are probably not that good a rapper. Maybe you are the next Lil Wayne, but probably not, in which case you need to stay in school," he stated. What better way to get the youth's attention?(Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Best Rapper Alive? - Obama gave Weezy a special shout-out during a July 2009 speech with the NAACP. While standing in front of an attentive crowd, Obama advised American youth to invest in their education as opposed to careers as athletes and rappers."You are probably not that good a rapper. Maybe you are the next Lil Wayne, but probably not, in which case you need to stay in school," he stated. What better way to get the youth's attention?(Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Terror Alert - Being the outspoken talent that he is, Lupe Fiasco didn't hesitate to add President Obama and American foreign policy to his list of socio-political criticisms. During an early June interview with CBS.com, Lu brazenly labeled our commander-in-chief as the "biggest terrorist" in America. Although greatly anticipated, Obama never provided a response.(Photos, left to right: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais; Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Summit on the Summit)

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Terror Alert - Being the outspoken talent that he is, Lupe Fiasco didn't hesitate to add President Obama and American foreign policy to his list of socio-political criticisms. During an early June interview with CBS.com, Lu brazenly labeled our commander-in-chief as the "biggest terrorist" in America. Although greatly anticipated, Obama never provided a response.(Photos, left to right: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais; Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Summit on the Summit)

Nothing on Them - In September 2010, B.o.B showed young voters that the Republicans have nothing on President Obama and his team. The singer lent his talent to a 2010 Democratic fundraiser in order to encourage young Americans to hit the voting polls.(Photos, left to right: Kristian Dowling/PictureGroup; AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Nothing on Them - In September 2010, B.o.B showed young voters that the Republicans have nothing on President Obama and his team. The singer lent his talent to a 2010 Democratic fundraiser in order to encourage young Americans to hit the voting polls.(Photos, left to right: Kristian Dowling/PictureGroup; AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Obama Uses Common Sense - Who knew Common was a gangster rapper? Well at least that?s what conservatives tried to make him out to be when the president and first lady invited him to perform at a poetry event at the White House in May 2011.Citing a few lines taken out of context from "Letter to the Law," an old song criticizing President George W. Bush, the right-leaning media tried to paint him as a cop killer. However, the Obamas stood behind the Grammy Award-winning rapper, and the show went off without a hitch, despite the naysayers.(Photos, left to right: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster; Ray Mickshaw/PictureGroup/FOX)

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Obama Uses Common Sense - Who knew Common was a gangster rapper? Well at least that’s what conservatives tried to make him out to be when the president and first lady invited him to perform at a poetry event at the White House in May 2011.Citing a few lines taken out of context from "Letter to the Law," an old song criticizing President George W. Bush, the right-leaning media tried to paint him as a cop killer. However, the Obamas stood behind the Grammy Award-winning rapper, and the show went off without a hitch, despite the naysayers.(Photos, left to right: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster; Ray Mickshaw/PictureGroup/FOX)

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Tupac and Biggie - In April, 2011, at a White House Correspondents' dinner, Obama name-dropped two rap icons as he poked fun at his long-time critic Donald Trump."Donald Trump is here. I know he's taken some flack recently, but no one is more ready to put the birther issue to rest than the Donald," President Obama said. "So he can focus on the real issues at hand facing America, like 'Did we really land on the moon?' 'What really happened in Roswell?' And, 'Where are Biggie and Tupac?'"(Photo: Martin H. Simon-Pool/Getty Images)

Hov Pays a Visit - Jay Z took a moment off his Blueprint 3 tour in March, 2010, to stop off at the White House and see the president. The Brooklyn MC made the unscheduled visit a family affair, bringing along his mother-in-law, wife, Beyonce, tour mate Trey Songz and a few other friends. The group tweeted pictures from the Situation Room.(Photo: CNN-Wire/Atlanta)

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Hov Pays a Visit - Jay Z took a moment off his Blueprint 3 tour in March, 2010, to stop off at the White House and see the president. The Brooklyn MC made the unscheduled visit a family affair, bringing along his mother-in-law, wife, Beyonce, tour mate Trey Songz and a few other friends. The group tweeted pictures from the Situation Room.(Photo: CNN-Wire/Atlanta)

I Am Legend - Obama gets love pretty much everywhere he goes... even Oslo. In December, 2009, the commander-in-chief was presented with the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Norway that was attended not only by family and friends but actor Will Smith, who the president says he would like to see play himself in a biopic of his life, and Wyclef Jean, who headlined Obama's Green Ball during inauguration. Now that's love.(Photo: AP)

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I Am Legend - Obama gets love pretty much everywhere he goes... even Oslo. In December, 2009, the commander-in-chief was presented with the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Norway that was attended not only by family and friends but actor Will Smith, who the president says he would like to see play himself in a biopic of his life, and Wyclef Jean, who headlined Obama's Green Ball during inauguration. Now that's love.(Photo: AP)

Bad Boy Swag - Diddy teamed up with Vogue editor Anna Wintour to design election apparel for the Obama campaign back in 2008. The Bad Boy mogul has been a longtime activist when it comes to voting, from the Vote or Die campaign to his more recent reelection efforts. (Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage for Citizen Change)

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Bad Boy Swag - Diddy teamed up with Vogue editor Anna Wintour to design election apparel for the Obama campaign back in 2008. The Bad Boy mogul has been a longtime activist when it comes to voting, from the Vote or Die campaign to his more recent reelection efforts. (Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage for Citizen Change)

Let's Get It Started - The Black Eyed Peas' frontman has built quite a rapport with the commander-in-chief and has been riding with the president from day one. Will.I.Am even spearheaded the track and video for "Yes We Can," which featured many artists including John Legend and Common and became Obama's unofficial anthem as he made history in 2008. (Photo: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Let's Get It Started - The Black Eyed Peas' frontman has built quite a rapport with the commander-in-chief and has been riding with the president from day one. Will.I.Am even spearheaded the track and video for "Yes We Can," which featured many artists including John Legend and Common and became Obama's unofficial anthem as he made history in 2008. (Photo: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Rollout - In the final months of the 2008 election, then-presidential hopeful Barack Obama had embraced Atlanta rapper Ludacris, telling the media he had a few of his songs in rotation on his iPod. Obama later had to distance himself from Luda after the release of "Politics as Usual," a song in support of Obama that called his former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton a b***h.(www.hiphop.popcrunch.com)

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Rollout - In the final months of the 2008 election, then-presidential hopeful Barack Obama had embraced Atlanta rapper Ludacris, telling the media he had a few of his songs in rotation on his iPod. Obama later had to distance himself from Luda after the release of "Politics as Usual," a song in support of Obama that called his former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton a b***h.(www.hiphop.popcrunch.com)

Low Approval Rating - Back in September, 2009, everyone had an opinion on the controversy surrounding rapper Kanye West's stage-crashing at the 2009 VMAs, and it was clear that President Barack Obama was no exception. In a comment during an interview with CNBC, the president indicated that he thought the Louis Vuitton Don was nothing less than a "jackass."(Photos, left to right: Adrienne Battistella/PictureGroup; Jeff Daly/PictureGroup)

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Low Approval Rating - Back in September, 2009, everyone had an opinion on the controversy surrounding rapper Kanye West's stage-crashing at the 2009 VMAs, and it was clear that President Barack Obama was no exception. In a comment during an interview with CNBC, the president indicated that he thought the Louis Vuitton Don was nothing less than a "jackass."(Photos, left to right: Adrienne Battistella/PictureGroup; Jeff Daly/PictureGroup)

Dirt Off His Shoulders - In April, 2008, Obama made it clear that Jay Z gets some serious play on the presidential iPod. While campaigning during the 2008 presidential election, the ex-Chicago senator spoke to a crowd of North Carolinians about the constant shots being fired from Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. Showing us all just how cool he is, he simply said, "You just gotta, kinda let it..." as he proceeded to take Jay's advice and brush the dirt off his shoulders.(Photo: Getty Images)

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Dirt Off His Shoulders - In April, 2008, Obama made it clear that Jay Z gets some serious play on the presidential iPod. While campaigning during the 2008 presidential election, the ex-Chicago senator spoke to a crowd of North Carolinians about the constant shots being fired from Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. Showing us all just how cool he is, he simply said, "You just gotta, kinda let it..." as he proceeded to take Jay's advice and brush the dirt off his shoulders.(Photo: Getty Images)