It’s no secret that Barack Obama is a big music fan, and he recently launched an Instagram series in conjunction with his memoir A Promised Land that looks back on his presidency.
Over the weekend, the former president shared how hip-hop hyped him up throughout the 2008 campaign trail. “When I needed some inspiration on the presidential campaign I often turned to music,” he says in the clip. “It was rap that got my head in the right place. Two songs especially: Jay-Z‘s ‘My 1st Song’ and Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself.’”
“Both were about defying the odds and putting it all on the line,” he continued, and delved into the powerful opening lines of Eminem’s 2002 hit.
The rapper was thrilled that Obama used his song to inspire him, sharing the clip to his Instagram story with a heartfelt prayer emoji.