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Obama says his daughters have ‘covered their ears’ when he raps: ‘They think it’s painful’

Former President Obama brushed off a question in a recent video asking him to rap, citing Sasha and Malia’s disapproval of his past attempts to do so.

Obama made the remark in a video he posted to Instagram this weekend of him answering questions about the podcast he hosts alongside Bruce Springsteen, dubbed “Renegades: Born in the USA.” 

Among the questions he answered was one from Complex magazine asking the former president — who has been vocal in the past about his affinity for rap heavyweights like Drake, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar — if there was one verse he could recite by heart.

“First of all, Complex, you do not want to hear me rap,” the former president said in response. “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.”

But Obama did go on to disclose one track by Jay-Z that he said he listened to often when he ran for president.

“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,” he said.

“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 that point I didn’t know whether I was gonna make it,” he continued.

He then points to a bar in the track, “Treat my first as my last and my last as my first and my thirst is the same as when I came.”

“And I actually kept on listening to that song during the presidency because it was a reminder that—even when you do make it—having a little bit of that sense of still being hungry, still having to work hard, still having to prove something, that’s what keeps propelling you forward,” he said.

“But I’m still not gonna rap it,” he added.

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