Written by Emily Brosious for Extract.
President Barack Obama put on his DJ cap once again last week and released a pair of handpicked Spotify playlists, which feature a fairly diverse set of artists, including the likes of Prince, Chance the Rapper and Fiona Apple.
But a couple songs on Obama’s “Daytime” playlist really caught Extract’s attention, mostly due to their unabashed marijuana references.
Here’s a little lyrical taste from “As We Enter” by Nas and Damian Marley, track 12 on Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist: Day:
“Burn candles, say prayers, paint murals
It is truth we big news, we hood heroes
Break past the anchor, we come to conquer
Man a badman, we no play Willy Wonka
And I got the guns
I got the ganja
And we could blaze it up on your block if you want to
Or haze it up stash box in a Hummer
Or you could run up and get done up”
Track 9 on Obama’s playlist, “Me Gustas Tu” by Manu Chao, also mentions a bit of pot love:
“Me gusta la moto, me gustas tú.
Me gusta correr, me gustas tú.
Me gusta la lluvia, me gustas tú.
Me gusta volver, me gustas tú.
Me gusta marijuana, me gustas tú.
Me gusta colombiana, me gustas tú.
Me gusta la montaña, me gustas tú.
Me gusta la noche…”
For non-Spanish speaking readers, here’s a rough translation:
“I like the motorcycle, I like you.
I like to run, I like you.
I like the rain, I like you.
I like to return, I like you.
I like marijuana, I like you.
I like Colombia, I like you.
I like the mountain, I like you.
I like the night …”
Just to reiterate, the President of the United States of America not only busted out with a pretty solid Spotify playlist this year, two of the tracks openly reference marijuana use — and not in a negative way.