Barack Obama is all for Drake playing him in a potential biopic, revealing that the star has his ‘seal of approval’.
The former US president had nothing but praise for the rapper, 34, when asked about him in a new interview, with Obama, 59, championing Drake – who is set to drop his fifth studio album in January – for his talent.
Appearing on Complex’s 360 with Speedy Morman, Obama addressed rumours suggesting Drake was a top choice to play him on the big screen and it turns out, he’s totally on board.
‘I will say this, Drake seems to be able to do anything he wants,’ Obama said of the In My Feelings hit-maker.
‘I mean, that is a talented brother. If the time comes and he’s ready… Drake has – more importantly – my household’s stamp of approval.’
Obama teased said seal of approval would probably be headed up by his two daughters Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19, as he joked: ‘I suspect Malia and Sasha would be just fine with it.’
He’ll be pleased to know then that Drake has previously said he’s more than keen to take on the role of Obama.
Speaking to Paper magazine in 2010, a year after Obama was elected president, Drake revealed it is actually his ‘goal’ to play the politician.
He said: ‘I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama’s life soon because I could play him. That’s the goal. I watch all the addresses. Any time I see him on TV, I don’t change the channel. I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice.’
Confident he could do Obama justice, Drake added: ‘If you ask anyone who knows me, I’m pretty good at impressions.’
Meanwhile, in his latest interview, Obama also addressed comments he had made about rap music that were met with backlash online.
He had previously suggested to Atlantic that rap music is ‘all about the bling, the women and the money’ and suggested it values success in the same way, he claims, Donald Trump does.
Clarifying his comments, Obama said he shouldn’t have generalised rap music by using the word ‘all’ in his original statment, because actually he is a huge fan of rappers and their music.
He told Complex: ‘Look, you’re speaking to a president who brought Common, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole into the White House, whose every playlist has hip-hop.
‘I am the first to recognise the power of hip-hop, not just as music but as social commentary. I am a huge fan of all kinds of rappers and many of them are my friends.’
Obama continued: ‘What is true, though, and, I think, every time I make a statement like this, I get pushback and I’m like, “Come on y’all. What you’re not listening to these lyrics? You’re not watching these videos?”
‘There are many, many – even among rappers I love – attitudes with respect to women or material belongings that reinforce the sense that the measure of the man is how much stuff he’s got and sexual conquest. And that is not a controversial statement.’
Credit: Original article published here.