President Obama’s farewell address in his hometown of Chicago was kicked off by fellow Chicago native BJ the Chicago Kid.
It set the tone for what was an emotional and reflective night. BJ’s emotive performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” reinforced the reality of what the past eight years have been.
As Obama recalled all that happened over the past eight years, the presence of BJ called to mind how much his administration has showcased Chicago hip-hop over the years. While his first year saw him called Kanye West an unflattering term that he later embraced, Obama would later open the White House doors to Common and Chance the Rapper.
With Trump already beefing with Mac Miller, it’s unlikely we’ll have this much hip-hop in the White House again for quite some time.