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Barack Obama Opens up about His Favorite Song by Rihanna and Admits He Can Sing 'Work'

Gracious Egedegbe
Dec 08, 2020
10:30 A.M.

Former US President Barack Obama appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Friday and revealed his love for Rihanna's hit tune "Work."

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Singer Rihanna has many fans from all over the world who are in love with her music, and former President of the United States, Barack Obama, may just be the biggest of them.

The former POTUS was live on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Friday and discussed his love for music during his appearance.

Barack Obama delivers remarks at the BET's 'Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience" in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House October 21, 2016. | Photo: Getty Images

Barack Obama delivers remarks at the BET's 'Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience" in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House October 21, 2016. | Photo: Getty Images

During the interview, Fallon recalled the previous times he had Obama on his show, including their "Slow Jam the News" segment in 2016, which was the former president's last visit to the late-night show.

Fallon revealed he asked Obama to sing the words to Rihanna's hit song "Work" stiffly, but the former president suggested he sang it loosely just like it is meant to be sung.

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Fallon recalled telling Obama not to do that since he was close to leaving the White House. In response, Obama asked the host if he was saying him singing the song loosely would have affected his presidential legacy.

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Obama added that "Work" is a hit song he knows so well. He joked that he felt a little insulted that Fallon did not think he could pull it off.

Obama then slowed down his speech accordingly to demonstrate how slowly Drake would need to talk to portray him perfectly.

Obama further said he respected the musical taste of the younger generation and cited his daughters Malia and Sasha as examples, saying they listen to a wide variety of music and do not think in terms of categories.

Fallon also brought up Obama's comments where the former president gave Drake a stamp of approval to play him in a biopic. The show host asked the president the tips he would give the rapper for playing him in a film.

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While replying to the question, the former POTUS joked that if he was to base it on all the people who have done imitations of him, the key thing is for Drake to talk really slowly.

Obama then slowed down his speech accordingly to demonstrate how slowly Drake would need to talk to portray him perfectly, drawing laughter from Fallon.

With Obama's revelation of his love for Rihanna's tune, the singer's fans will be hoping she releases a song as it has been a long time since she did so.

The hit song, "Work," was the first single off her last studio album, "Anti," and featured rapper Drake. Rihanna released the song in January 2016, and it went on to receive two Grammy nominations.

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