It seems that US First Lady Michelle Obama is not only a health and education advocate but also a rap artist.
FLOTUS showed off her rapping skills alongside “Saturday Night Live” actor Jay Pharoah in a hilarious rap video that encourages students to “go to college.”
Mrs. Obama sings: “If you wanna fly jets, you should go to college. Reach high and cash checks? Fill your head with knowledge.” Pharoah, on the other hand, makes a stack of bills rain onto the floor of the White House.
Michelle Obama also sang a brief solo about her hometown in Chicago. Her body movements and facial expressions were like that of professional rappers, The New York Times observed.
“Southside Chicago, we all know, we had to do overtime every night to make it tomorrow. And everyone could really make their dream true. Hey, kid listenin’ in Michigan that could be you!” While she raps, a throwback graduation photo of Michelle Obama appeared side by side with her video recording the song.
The video is part of the first lady’s new “Better Make Room” campaign which provides teens with the resources they need to pursue college.
The campaign, launched last month, is targeting students aged 14 to 19. It encourages students to pursue higher education by setting celebrities like Pharoah and NBA star LeBron James as examples.
According to People magazine, a statement from the Office of the First Lady reads: “This campaign is leveraging traditional and new media platforms to celebrate student stories in the same way that we often celebrate celebrities and athletes.”
The campaign is also part of FLOTUS’ larger “Reach Higher” initiative to encourage students to continue their education after high school and to address slipping U.S. college graduation rates.
FLOTUS has also teamed up with comedy website College Humor, which makes viral hilarious videos.
College Humor released the brief video Thursday. Soon after hashtag #FlorusBars started trending on Twitter.
— Sarah McKibben (@APMcKibben) December 11, 2015