Chance the Rapper and Frank Ocean Make It to the White House

Chance the Rapper and Frank Ocean join the President, the First Lady, Jerry Seinfeld, and more at the White House State Dinner.

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Tuesday night marked the final White House State Dinner of the Obama presidency. And while the official guest of honor may have been Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, hip-hop fans everywhere know who the real stars of the night were—Chance the Rapper and Frank Ocean.

Both artists brought parents as guests. Ocean escorted his mother, Katonya Breaux, pictured above. She was, understandably, thrilled to be there:

Chance the Rapper and father at White House.

Chance brought his father, Ken Bennett. The elder Bennett has a long career in Chicago politics, working with power players like Harold Washington and Rahm Emmanuel, as well as a young Barack Obama.

Because you asked: Mrs Obama is wearing a floor length, rose gold chainmail gown designed by Atelier Versace.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 18, 2016

Chance took the dinner as an occasion to reveal that he and the President had been engaged in an ongoing "dance battle" for the past few years. 

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The event was the largest State Dinner the Obamas have ever had, according to CNN. Michelle Obama wore a dress made of rose gold chainmail (so it looked like it was sparking while photographers were shooting), and designed by Atelier Versace. 

In addition to Renzi, Chance, and Ocean, guests included Jerry Seinfeld, Gwen Stefani, James Taylor, Mario Batali, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and actor Roberto Benigni​. While we have no official confirmation of this, we at Complex hope that Benigni reacted to dessert at the gala the same way he did in Down By Law.


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