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The White House just released a list of 29 songs that will be heard at President Barack Obama‘s campaign stops and events between now and November 6.  The list runs the gamut from R&B slow jams that include Al Green‘s “Let’s Stay Together” — which he just serenaded the country with last month at a fund-raising event at New York’s famed Apollo Theater — to country tracks and even Ricky Martin, but rap is nowhere to be found.

SEE ALSO: Obama Sings Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” At The Apollo

Why would our cool prez, who has in the past admitted to listening to rap artists like Lil’ Wayne and Jay-Z, not include Hip-Hop music on his campaign trail playlist?

Obama’s playlist seems to cover every genre of music — Sugarland, U2, Aretha Franklin, Florence and the Machine and even the English indie folk band Noah and the Whale.  But there is not one sign of an MC anywhere to be found on the culturally diverse list of performers.

Waz up?

In the past, Obama has been quoted as saying that one of his favorite groups are The Fugees; this fact is also mentioned on his Facebook page. They’re Hip-Hop performers, so why isn’t their music good enough to make the campaign trail?

Hip-Hop poet Common, who has slammed former president George W. Bush and egged on violence against the police in his poetry, was invited last May by the First Lady to perform at the White House Music Series.  The move enraged right-wings pundits like Sarah Palin, who was very clear in her criticism of the Obamas:

The judgment is just so lacking of class and decency and all that’s good about America with an invite like this. They’re just inviting someone like me or someone else to ask, ‘C’mon Barack Obama who are you palling around with now?'”

If Common was good enough to secure an invite to perform at the presidential digs, why isn’t one of his songs on the list?

Jay-Z, who — along with wife Beyonce — has been invited to the White House, actually tweeted a picture of the couple as they sat around a conference table pow-wowing with the president.

Where aren’t any of Jigga’s cuts on the presidential playlist?

On Spotify, a music streaming service, the presidential mix has the following subtitle: “The official 2012 playlist features picks by the campaign staff, including a few of President Obama’s favorites.” The Washington Post reports that a spokesperson for the Obama campaign clarified in an e-mail that the president didn’t choose the songs; they were suggested by staff members and volunteers.

Hmmm, really?

Didn’t the Hip-Hop community rally around our president during his campaign?  Rappers seemed to collaboratively go the extra mile to ensure Obama’s election. Nas, LL Cool J, OutKast, Young Jeezy, as a matter of fact the “Queen of Hip-Hop” Mary J. Blige even worked at a campaign office.

The Hip-Hop community has wholeheartedly embraced Obama from jump, but it is quite evident that there is a lack of overt reciprocation for the Hip-Hop community’s affections by our president.

Obama Campaign Playlist:

Different People – No Doubt

Got to Get You Into My Life – Earth, Wind & Fire

Green Onions – Booker T & The MG’s

I Got You – Wilco

Keep on Pushing – The Impressions

Keep Reachin’ Up – Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators

Love You I Do? – Jennifer Hudson

No Nostalgia – AgesAndAges

Raise Up – Ledisi

Stand Up – Sugarland

This – Darius Rucker

We Used To Wait – Arcade Fire

You’ve Got the Love – Florence and the Machine

Your Smiling Face – James Taylor

Roll with the Changes – REO Speedwagon

Everyday America – Sugarland

Learn to Live – Darius Rucker

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra

My Town – Montgomery Gentry

The Best Thing about Me Is You – Ricky Martin, featuring Joss Stone

You are the Best Thing – Ray Lamontagne

Keep Marchin’ – Raphael Saadiq

Tonight’s The Kind of Night – Noah and the Whale

We Take Care of Our Own – Bruce Springsteen

Keep Me In Mind – Zac Brown Band

The Weight – Aretha Franklin

Even Better Than The Real Thing – U2

Home – Dierks Bentley


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