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Earlier this month, Obama's comments from an Atlantic interview about "rap music" being "all about the bling, the women, the money"—and how that connects with Trump—drew criticism. Here, Obama was asked to clarify his statement, the problem with which Obama said was his use of the word "all" in the original comments.
"Look, you're speaking to a president who brought Common, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole into the White House, whose every playlist has hip-hop," Obama said. "So I am the first to recognize the power of hip-hop not just as music but as social commentary. I am a huge fan of all kinds of rappers and many of them are my friends. So what is true, though, and—I think—every time I make a statement like this, I get pushback and I'm like, 'Come on, y'all. What, you're not listening to these lyrics? You're not watching these videos?' There are many, many—even among rappers I love—attitudes with respect to women or material belongings that reinforce the sense that the measure of the man is how much stuff he's got and sexual conquest. And that is not a controversial statement."
Still, Obama made clear, he has deep "admiration" for many artists.