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Questlove Talks About The Stress Of DJing At The White House

Every new story we hear about President Obama makes the guy that much more likable…the current Cheeto-In Chief can’t relate.

During his time as a guest on Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, and Bruce Headlam’s Broken Record podcast, the multi-talented Questlove told a story of the time President Obama asked him to play some French Montana while he was DJing at the White House.

“So two hours into it, he taps me on the shoulder, ‘You’re doing a good job! I love the Donna Summer and the old school hip-hop and the jazz. But look at them, they wanna have fun too!’ And he’s pointing to his kids. They’re having a sit-in. They’re looking at me like, ‘Nah, none of this s**t works.’ So then, I became the DJ I hated. I’m like googling, let me go to Spotify see what kids are listening to. I became that guy, the guy I hate the most.”

During all of this, Quest revealed probably the most entertaining piece of information yet, that Obama came up to him to ask for some French Montana to be played. He continued, “[Obama’s] coming up to me like, ‘Do you have French Montana?’ And I’m like, ‘Sir! I don’t have the clean versions of that.’ He’s like, ‘We’re all adults here. Play it!’ I’m like, ‘Sir, I’m not gonna play ‘Pop that pu**y, b**ch, what ya twerkin’ wit.'”

This isn’t the first time Questlove has told some stories from this same party. The DJ previously talked about his experience while on Fallon last year, saying he felt so bad about the gig that it “forced” him into retirement for a good six months.


Check out the latest episode of Broken Record with Questlove down below to hear the conversation for yourself. You can catch the part about the White House party around the 22:00 minute mark:



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