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Michelle Obama’s Guest Verse On A College Humor Rap Track About College Is Everything

“Jay Pharoah (feat. Michelle Obama)” is now an artist you can add to your iTunes library.

Michelle Obama’s Guest Verse On A College Humor Rap Track About College Is Everything

The idea of our political figures rapping has undergone a massive transformation recently. Blame it on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s rap reinterpretation of the founding fathers in Hamilton, maybe, but we’ve definitely come a long way from the days of MC Rove inexplicably attempting to rock the mic at the White House Correspondents Dinner back in 2007.

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We’re probably a few election cycles away from a President who has a Soundcloud account floating around that contains his earnest attempts at college bedroom rap, but we do have something that’s perhaps even more satisfying: A rap track (and music video) about the importance of pursuing higher education–called “Go To College,” naturally–performed by Saturday Night Live‘s Jay Pharoah and featuring a guest verse from none other than Michelle Obama.

The FLOTUS keeps her appearance short–just a handful of bars–but she acquits herself nicely on the mic, with her vocal layered and her flow punctual. “Young people should go to college” is among the more universally agreed-upon sentiments that a politician can offer, but watching a video in which the First Lady of the United States delivers that message in a recording studio is thrilling nonetheless. The Obamas are doing some interesting things in their lame-duck year–from forgiving certain kinds of student debt to commenting on the Humans of New York Facebook page to, sure, spitting a verse about the importance of higher education. The Obama family’s post-Presidency probably won’t include much rapping, but it’s nice to see that the First Lady, at least, can drop some knowledge if she’s so inclined.

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Dan Solomon lives in Austin with his wife and his dog. He's written about music for MTV and Spin, sports for Sports Illustrated, and pop culture for Vulture and the AV Club.

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