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As much as President Obama loves Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Lil’ Wayne, even he’s kind of like, “Where are the more politically minded emcees, yo?” Okay, he didn’t say it like that, but I bet First Lady Michelle Obama has once or twice before. Anywho, in an interview with MTV’s Sway, the president discussed Bob Marley raising his political awareness once upon a time and how that’s missing in today’s climate.

President Obama explained:

“I remember in college listening, and not agreeing with his whole philosophy necessarily, but raising my awareness of how people outside of our country were thinking about the struggle for jobs and dignity and freedom.

We haven’t seen as much directly political music. You know, I think the most vibrant musical art form right now over the last 10, 15 years has been hip-hop. Some folks have kind of dabbled in political statements, but a lot of it has been more cultural than political. You’ve got folks like Springsteen who are still putting out very strong political statements, but I’d like to see a more explicit discussion of the issues that are out there right now, because music’s such a powerful mechanism.”

No lie, no lie, no lie.

Watch the clip below:


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