Former President Barack Obama kicked out a characteristically wide-ranging list of what he’s been listening to this summer — a collection including J. Cole, SZA, The Rolling Stones, Drake and Bob Dylan.
“Here’s a playlist of songs I’ve been listening to lately — it’s a mix of old and new, household names and emerging artists, and a whole lot in between.”
Among the newer stuff, Obama reaches for Georgia hip-hop trio Migos and their 2021 single “Straightenin;” and Drake’s “Wants and Needs,” featuring rapper Lil Baby, from the Canadian’s “Scary Hours 2” EP.
Lil Baby makes a second appearance, featuring in H.E.R.’s new “Find A Way.”
Obama dips back a few years even for some of the more contemporary artists. J. Cole’s 2016 “Neighbors” made the cut, as did Rihanna’s “Desperado” from the same year.
The older school is represented by the likes of George Harrison, who comes in with “My Sweet Lord;” Joni Mitchell and “Coyote;” The Rolling Stones and “Tumbling Dice;” as well as Ella Fitzgerald and “Lush Life.”