“My President” and “Obama Nation (Part 2)” offer two completely contrasting viewpoints on President Obama’s first four years in office. Lowkey’s song, “Obama Nation (Part 2)” uses a play on words, making the phrase “Obama Nation” synonymous with “abomination” in the hook. Immediately, the audience has a clearly perception of the rapper’s view on Obama’s presidency. He utilizes a sample from one of Lupe Fiasco’s song as well, which is clever since Lupe is not a fan of federal government at all. In the second verse, Black the Ripper raps, “Look at Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice/They didn’t change shit, house nigga’s fresh off the slaves ship/You’ll all burn in hell, even Michelle, Obama Nation.” The mention of black political figures whom most consider powerful and blatantly lashing out against them means that the view stems from more than what they’ve accomplished during their term, but also, race issues.
“My President” by Young Jeezy ft. Nas takes an opposing stance of Lowkey in “Obama Nation (Part 2)”. Young Jeezy and Nas idealize Barack Obama’s presidency. However, they fail to support their claims in anyway. For example, Nas raps, “My president is black, rolls golden charms/Twenty-two inch rims like Hulk Hogan’s arms.” In the hook, Jeezy raps, “My president is black, my Lambo’s blue.” The fact that the president is black tells us nothing about what he’s accomplished in his presidency. Whereas the other song points out the flaws and how Obama Nation is an abomination, “My President” merely lists facts. Even so, it is obvious that the artists are pro-Obama.
Tricia Rose talked about how the spirit of Obama only exists because we bring the spirit of Obama; he is only seen the way we portray him. In these two songs, we see how they can be portrayed in a celebrified manner (“My President”), by almost comparing him to other nice commercial items such as Lamborghinis. Obama has also mentioned how he enjoys listening to rap music, particularly that of Jay-Z. This connection helps him gain the support of many of those who listen to rap.
Because commercialism is so ingrained in hip-hop culture, the popular of spirit of Obama is shown. The Young Jeezy video is essentially commercializing Obama and his presidency. The Lowkey video presents more of his political faults, which portrays him as a bad leader.