Los Angeles, CA—
Jay Z surprised the music world Sunday with the announcement of a new album release, but news of the album drop has been overshadowed by news of a featured artist on one of the tracks.
On a song reportedly entitled “Trump Card,” Jay Z’s collaborator is none other than President Barack Obama, and it is reportedly a diss track on the subject of President Donald Trump.
The announcement immediately went viral on social media, and has remained at the top of Twitter’s trending list since news of the album broke Sunday evening.
This is President Obama’s rapping debut, and a Jay Z spokesperson confirmed that the song is a freestyle rap.
“We sat Mr. Obama down in the studio and—hand to God—he just started freestyling for 18 minutes straight,” said Shamir Jones, producer of the track and two others on the album. “It was just going to be a warmup take, but I’ve been thanking God I hit record every day for the last month because goddamn the guy was fire. Some of these rhymes the president was spitting are downright brutal. We didn’t even bother trying a second version.”
While Obama has respected the presidential precedent of avoiding public disputes with his successor, the former president has seen many of his legislative accomplishments and much of his legacy maligned by Mr. Trump’s agenda in office so far.
“The collaboration was Jay Z’s idea, but the song subject and track title were actually the President’s idea,” said Jones. “Let’s just say that since leaving office Mr. Obama has had some creative differences with President Trump.”
The 18-minute recording will be edited down to 12 minutes for the album, but an unedited version will be released online for free downloads a week after the release.
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