Cover Guy | More Barack Obama

25 06 2008

For the second time in several months, presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama gets the superstar treatment on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.

In the latest issue on newsstands this Friday, Obama talks about his love of music and shares which artists he’s listening to on his iPod. Stating that he has pretty “eclectic tastes,” the Illinois senator lists artists ranging from Bob Dylan to the Jigga man, himself, Jay-Z. (O to the Izzo, B to bizz zay!).

Other artists on Obama’s hit-list include the Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crow and Ludacris. As a child of the 70’s, Obama also rocks to Elton John, Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder and the Boss, Bruce Springsteen. In keeping it smooth, Obama grooves to jazz legends Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Charlie Parker.

While its cool to listen to certain artists, if even cooler to get your favorite artists to support your Presidential bid. Such is the case with both Dylan and Springsteen.

Earlier this month, Dylan said he believed Obama was redefining politics in the US and could bring change to a nation in upheaval. “I’ve got to say, having both Dylan and Bruce Springsteen say kind words about you is pretty remarkable,” Obama said. “Those guys are icons.”

Obama said he had not met Springsteen but that the two had talked over the phone.

“Not only do I love Bruce’s music, I just love him as a person,” Obama said. “He is a guy who has never lost track of his roots, who knows who he is, who has never put on a front.”

He added that, when speaking to the singer, he addressed him by his moniker the Boss. “You’ve got to,” Obama said.

The candidate said he thought rap music was also helping to break down barriers within the music world. Indeed it was reported last month that Obama will make a cameo performance on the rap singer Q-Tip’s next album.

However, he expressed concern over his daughters – Malia, nine, and Sasha, seven – listening to some rap songs.

“I am troubled sometimes by the misogyny and materialism of a lot of rap lyrics,” he said, “but I think the genius of the art form has shifted the culture and helped to desegregate music.”

He said the hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and the rappers Jay-Z and Ludacris were “great talents and great businessmen”.

“It would be nice if I could have my daughters listen to their music without me worrying they were getting bad images of themselves,” he added.

Damn, he even has time for a cameo on Q-Tip’s CD?

Obama, you really are the man!

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