Better avoid her TikToks then! Barack Obama admits daughter Sasha hides playlists from him because he’s ‘not hip enough to handle it’, after she went viral for dancing to risque hip hop songs
- Former President Obama, 59, discussed how he picks songs for his annual Spotify playlists with some guidance from his daughters
- He consults with Sasha, 19, and Malia, 22, for ‘fresh cuts’ and ‘trends’
- He is ‘constantly listening to their music, sometimes by request, and sometimes just because that’s what’s blaring in our house’
- Obama added that Sasha is ‘more protective of her music’ and has a ‘private playlist’ that she ‘won’t share’ because ‘she’s not sure I’m hip enough’
- This week, a video of the University of Michigan sophomore and pals dancing to Popp Hunna’s song Adderall (Corvette Corvette) went viral
- It featured the teen lip-syncing the word ‘b***h’ and followed another viral clip of her having fun dancing with friends to Moneybagg Yo’s ‘Said Sum’ remix
Former President Barack Obama has revealed that his teenage daughter Sasha hides her music playlists from him because he doesn’t think he’s ‘hip enough to handle’ them – days after the 19-year-old went viral by dancing to a profanity-filled song on TikTok.
The 59-year-old father-of-two revealed how his daughters help to keep him up to date with the latest music trends in a new Snapchat interview this week, during which he discussed how he picks the tracks for his annual Spotify playlists.
Obama admitted that he gets his ‘fresh cuts’ with a little guidance from Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19 — though Sasha refuses to share all of her musical preferences with her Baby Boomer father.
Thanks, kids! Barack Obama revealed that he stays on top of current music thanks to his daughters, Sasha and Malia – but admits his younger daughter hides some playlists from him
Steer clear, dad! Sasha, 19, recently went viral for appearing in two TikTok videos in which she was seen dancing to profanity-filled hip hop songs with her friends
Up-to-date: The 59-year-old father revealed that he consults Sasha and Malia, 22, on the latest music trends to ensure that he includes ‘fresh cuts’ in his traditional end-of-year playlists
As a companion to his new memoir, A Promised Land, Obama released a Spotify playlist with music featured in the book, from The Beatles’ Michelle to U2’s Beautiful Day.
But he is also known to share year-end Spotify playlists with his favorite songs of the year — and for that, he gets a bit of help from his daughters.
‘My year-end playlists — those are the fresh cuts,’ he said. ‘There, I will confess that I do consult with Malia and Sasha throughout the year.
‘I’m constantly listening to their music, sometimes by request, and sometimes just because that’s what’s blaring in our house. So, you know, I pick up on some trends.’
But while his playlists have earned fans, his youngest daughter isn’t fully convinced of his musical taste.
‘Sasha is more protective of her music,’ he said. ‘There’s certain things on SoundCloud. She has, like, a private playlist that she won’t share all of it with me, because she’s not sure I’m hip enough to handle it.
‘Nah, man,’ he added. ‘I’m keeping up for an old guy.’
The Obama girls keep most of their social media presence private — any Instagram, TIkTok, or other accounts they may have are not known to the public.
But occasionally, things slip out, like on several occasions recently when Sasha has popped up in friends’ TikTok videos – dancing along to risque hip hop songs that may well be on the playlists she keeps private from her dad.
Not impressed: But while his playlists have earned fans, his youngest daughter isn’t fully convinced of his musical taste
He said: ‘[Sasha] has, like, a private playlist that he won’t share all of it with me, because she’s not sure I’m hip enough to handle it’
The clips have given viewers a rare glimpse into the private social life of one of the former first daughters, who has mostly stayed under-the-radar outside of planned public appearances with her parents.
In the most recent video, Sasha is seen lip syncing the word ‘b***h’ while dancing along to Popp Hunna’s song ‘Adderall (Corvette Corvette)’ in a choreographed dance routine with six pals.
Sasha, who is front and center in the video, is wearing a low-cut sheer black blouse and chunky gold necklaces, and she shows off long white nails while performing several viral TikTok moves.
Originally uploaded by user @pixiestick222, the video has since been deleted — no doubt in response to the viral reaction over Sasha’s appearance in the clip.
Five weeks earlier, Sasha had appeared in another TikTok video with friends that also earned media attention. In that clip, the group danced and lip-synced to Moneybagg Yo’s ‘Said Sum’ remix featuring the rap duo City Girls.
That video, too, was quickly deleted on TikTok after it began spreading on Twitter, where some critics complained about the vulgar language in the song.
Moves: Earlier this week, Sashsa was seen lip syncing to Popp Hunna’s ‘Adderall (Corvette Corvette)’ while showing off some dance moves in a choreographed routine with six pals
Peek: The clips have given viewers a rare glimpse into the private social life of one of the former first daughters, who has mostly stayed under-the-radar
TikTok star: In October Sasha was filmed rapping the N-word while lip-syncing to a profanity-filled song in a viral TikTok video
Other critics have been unhappy that neither Sasha nor any of her friends were wearing face masks for either of the gatherings.
It is unclear if Sasha, a University of Michigan sophomore, was with friends on or around campus. She and her older sister Malia, a Harvard University senior, spent much of the year at home with their parents in Washington, D.C. since the start of the pandemic.
In the new Snapchat interview, Obama also discussed why some black men voted for Trump this election cycle (though 80 per cent voted for Biden).
‘I think men generally are more susceptible to public figures who act tough, sort of stereotypical macho style,’ he said.
‘I don’t think are immune to that any more than white or Hispanic men are.
‘A lot of values of popular culture are constantly extolling wealth, power, frankly greed, not thinking about other people ’cause you’re so ruthless that you’re just looking out for yourself.
‘There are some in the hip-hop community who are constantly rapping about bling, and depicting women in a certain way. And then they hear Donald Trump basically delivering the same version of it
‘They might say, “Hey, that guy that’s what I want, that’s what I wanna be.”‘
Opinion: In the new Snapchat interview, Obama also discussed why some black men voted for Trump this election cycle (though 80 per cent voted for Biden)
Obama has spoken quite a lot about his daughters during his A Promised Land book tour, most recently telling People that his daughters felt ‘the need to participate’ in the Black Lives Matter protests that swept the country in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.
‘I didn’t have to give them a lot of advice because they had a very clear sense of what was right and what was wrong and [of] their own agency and the power of their voice and the need to participate,’ Obama said. ‘I could not have been prouder of them.’
He said they got involved ‘without any prompting from Michelle and myself, on their own initiative.’
There were, however, a few times where they asked for advice for how to communicate a certain idea, or what they should be doing to have the best impact.
‘But they didn’t need to be encouraged. Their attitude was — we’ve seen something wrong and we want to fix it, and we think we can fix it.
‘And we understand that it’s not gonna take just a day or a week or one march to fix it. But we’re in it for the long haul.’
He noted that the pair weren’t ‘looking for limelight’ and were in ‘organizer mode’.
Getting involved: Obama revealed that his daughters felt ‘the need to participate’ in the protests this year (D.C. protesters — not including Sasha or Malia — pictured June 14)
‘They didn’t need to be encouraged,’ he said. ‘Their attitude was — we’ve seen something wrong and we want to fix it, and we think we can fix it’
‘They’re reflective of their generation in the sense they want to make a difference and they think about their careers in terms of: How do I have a positive impact? How do I make the world better?
‘What particular paths they take in doing that, I think are going to change and vary between the two of them,’ he said, but added that he doesn’t think either of them will follow their dad’s footsteps into politics.
Obama also expressed awe at the priorities of his daughters’ generation versus older ones.
‘Even 20 years ago, I think people were much more focused on their finances and the perks of a job,’ he said. ‘And these kids are really focused on — how can I do something that I find meaningful, that resonates with my values and my ideals?’
In November, Obama discussed the women in his life in the latest issue of InStyle, where he described what makes them all ‘bada**.’
Malia, he said, is ‘just buoyant.’
‘She’s somebody who enjoys people, enjoys life, and enjoys conversation. She’s never bored, which is a bada** quality that can take you places,’ he said.
Younger daughter, meanwhile, Sasha is ‘completely confident about her own take on the world and is not cowed or intimidated — and never has been — by anybody’s titles, anybody’s credentials.’
‘If she thinks something’s wrong or right, she will say so,’ he said, recalling that she ‘couldn’t be steered off’ a decision even when she was four, five, and six years old.