SZA’s Reaction to Barack Obama Adding ‘Snooze’ to His 2023 Summer Playlist

Once again, that time of year arrived when former president Barack Obama unveiled his highly-anticipated summer playlist on Friday (July 21), sharing a diverse mix of old and new songs that have been captivating his ears. Among the featured artists, SZA couldn’t contain her excitement when she discovered her track “Snooze” had earned a spot on the esteemed list.

In his customary manner, Obama took to Twitter to showcase his summer music picks, expressing curiosity about any gems he might have missed. The playlist encompassed a wide range of musical styles, including J Hus and Drake’s collaboration “Who Told You,” Rosalía and Rauw Alejandro’s “Vampiros,” Ice Spice and Nicki Minaj’s “Princess Diana,” and Janelle Monáe’s “Only Have Eyes 42.” The former president even ventured into the realms of country music with Luke Combs’ chart-topping rendition of Tracy Chapman’s classic “Fast Car,” and explored indie rock with the soul-stirring single “Not Strong Enough” by Boygenius.

Upon discovering her song’s inclusion, SZA took to her Instagram Stories to share her joy, playfully acknowledging Obama’s request for a music video for “Snooze.” Her post hinted at the possibility of creating corresponding visuals for the song, which thrilled her fanbase and followers alike.

However, not everyone’s reaction was filled with enthusiasm. Lucy Dacus, a member of the indie group boygenius, which also includes Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker, retweeted the playlist and voiced her disagreement, labeling Obama a “war criminal” without elaborating on the specific reasons behind her statement.

In any case, Obama’s summer playlist continues to be a fascinating reflection of his diverse taste in music, drawing attention and appreciation from artists and listeners across the musical spectrum. As music enthusiasts eagerly explore the songs he has highlighted, the playlist serves as a testament to the power of music in bridging gaps and bringing people together.

See SZA’s response to being included in Obama’s playlist below.

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