Jay-Z's new 'Family Feud' makes Barack Obama's 'best of 2017' list

Barack Obama names his favorite books and music of 2017

The politician sparked a tradition when seated in the White House of sharing the music and books that had inspired him during the year.

"During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists", Obama wrote of his annual list. He explained that, "it was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world".

Among his favorite songs this year are several heaters from artists like SZA ("Broken Clocks"), Travis Scott ("Butterfly Effect"), Jay-Z ("Family Feud"), DJ Khaled ("Wild Thoughts"), Kendrick Lamar ("Humble"), a song from a group of all-female west African musicians and a single from the elusive Frank Ocean (Chanel).

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Jamie McCarthy Getty

The novel is the fourth one by Mohsin Hamid and was also shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize besides entertaining the former Democrat president who also shared his favourites including "The Power" by Naomi Alderman; "Grant" by Ron Chernow and a few others through his Facebook handle as 2018 ticked.

Check out the rest of Obama's 2017 reading list and playlist, below.

Obama, his wife Michelle and Chance the Rapper all hail from Chicago. The list bounces along a wide range of genres from pop, Camila Cabello's Young Thug featured track, "Havana", to classic funk and soul with "Matter of Time" by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, what is labeled as "world music" with "La Dame et Ses Valises" by Les Amazones d'Afrique feat.


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