As the year comes to a close, everyone is putting out a best-of lists for 2015 pop culture…even, it seems, the First Family. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama recently revealed their favorite movies, music, TV, books, and moments to PEOPLE: FLOTUS named Bruno Mars’ pop smash “Uptown Funk” as her favorite 2015 song, but POTUS’ choice was a little more outside-the-box: “How Much a Dollar Cost” by Kendrick Lamar.
Considering “How Much a Dollar Cost” was never released as a single, it seems likely that Obama has listened to a lot of Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, an album whose cover pictures the White House and name checks the president on “Hood Politics,” the track immediately preceding his favorite. “How Much a Dollar Cost” is not a very energetic song, it must be said, especially compared to other To Pimp a Butterfly cuts like “i” and “Alright.” The song instead finds Lamar quietly meditating on his refusal to give money to beggars. In the process, he manages to reference both the Book of Exodus and the Shaquille O’Neal genie movie Kazaam .
EW approves of Obama’s taste: To Pimp a Butterfly is our album of the year. We even suggested Kendrick should run for president someday. Maybe Obama’s just keeping an eye on the competition.