By Amanda Wicks

It’s no secret that President Obama enjoys rap. He named Kendrick Lamar’s “How Much a Dollar Cost?” as his favorite song from 2015, and before he took the stage at the Democratic National Convention last week, he got pumped up by listening to another rapper’s energetic, driven track.

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Before delivering his speech, Obama listened to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” The inspiring track seemed appropriate for the moment, written as it was about someone who must overcome his fears in order to achieve his greatest dreams. Now, we’re not saying Obama’s greatest dream was knocking his speech out of the ballpark at the convention, but considering how much is on the line this presidential election season he had reason to bring his A game.

“You better lose yourself in the music, the moment/ You own it, you better never let it go/ You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow/ This opportunity comes once in a lifetime,” Eminem raps on the chorus. It seemed like that was just the thing to help Obama get into the right mindset.

Someone captured a few brief seconds of Obama listening to “Lose Yourself.” He bops his head back and forth to Eminem’s track. Watch below.


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