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"What you got?"

Obama lays down a beat for Vietnamese rapper

By WITW Staff on May 26, 2016


At a town-hall-style meeting in Vietnam on Wednesday, President Obama was answering questions when a young woman mentioned that she was a rapper. “Before I answer your question then, why don’t you give me a little rap? Let’s see what you got. C’mon, do you need a little beat?” asked the president, proceeding to lay down a brief beat-box rhythm.

“Yes I do, actually,” she laughed. “In Vietnamese or English?”

“In Vietnamese, of course,” replied the president. “But I won’t know what it means. ”

Needing no more encouragement, the woman spit a few lines in smooth cadence as an audience of 800 young Vietnamese clapped to give her a beat. Impressed, the president asked her about the content of her lyrics. “I was just talking about some people having a lot of money, having big houses, but are they really happy?” she said.

The woman, it turned out, was 26-year-old Hàng Lâm Trang Anh, also known as Suboi — a successful female rapper that some have called Vietnam’s “queen of hip hop.” Check out the video of Obama beatboxing, and Suboi’s impromptu performance, below.

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Read the full story at The Washington Post.