While he hadn’t been inside the Oval Office for the vast majority of the year, President Barack Obama still came through with his selections for his favorite movies, books and music of 2017. Given how relatable he seemed a decade ago when admitting to bumping JAY-Z‘s American Gangster on the campaign trail, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that 44 is still hip to what’s happening in hip-hop.

Of course he bigs up his friend JAY-Z for his Beyoncé-assisted “Family Feud,” Kendrick Lamar‘s “HUMBLE” and fellow Chicago-favorite Chance the Rapper‘s “First World Problems,” but from there we also get a taste of what else Obama has in his soundscape.

From major hits like DJ Khaled‘s Rihanna featured “Wild Thoughts” to critical darlings like SZA‘s “Broken Clocks,” Obama’s much deserved vacations kept him still within earshot of radios. Perhaps most surprising is the Frank Ocean deepcut “Chanel,” a non-album, not-officially-released deep cut  that was only traded online via a Tumblr-posted radio-recording before finally getting an official iTunes and Spotify listing later in the year. While Barry may not be in the White House, but he’s keeping his ear to the streets. 

T-Pain opened up about how he feels not being on the final version of Post Malone and 21 Savage‘s “Rock Star.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda is taking Hamilton on a 20-city tour.

– Start your 2018 with some new T.I. as he appears on Moneybag Yo‘s “Silverware” remix.

– Frequent Action Bronson-collaborator Big Body Bes dropped an Alchemist-produced lead single “Homicide.”

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