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Jidenna, Wale, Nina Simone & More Are Featured On President Obama's 2016 Summer Playlist

President Obama took to his official twitter today to reveal his two-part 2016 Summer Playlist.

President Obama took to his official twitter today to reveal his two-part 2016 Summer Playlist, which is split into a 'Songs for the Daytime' and 'Song for the Nighttime.'

His selections cover a wide range of tracks from contemporary artists—Wale's "LoveHate Thing," Jidenna's "Classic Man," Chance the Rapper, Janelle Monáe, Leon Bridges—as well as classics from Nina Simone, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Prince, and many more.

Pitchfork put all of POTUS' selections together in two Apple Music playlists you can stream below.

"Been waiting to drop this: summer playlist, the encore. What's everybody listening to?," the President tweeted.

It's too bad Sauti Sol didn't make the cut, 'cause we know Barack's danced his ass off to their songs before.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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