WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday evening, rapper B.o.B helped President Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee kick off their inaugural Gen44 Summit, a three-day program intended to cultivate the newest generation of rising leaders within the party. The Atlanta MC could hardly believe he’d been invited to participate.
“The DNC approached us about doing this about a month ago, and at the time, I didn’t really want to believe it,” B.o.B said of the show, which also served as a party fundraiser. “I was like, ‘Really?’ ”
The “Airplanes” rapper took the stage before Obama and senior adviser David Plouffe spoke in front of a packed house at the DAR Constitution Hall. B.o.B said it was one of the most memorable performances of his young career.
“It really shows me the times that we are in,” he told MTV News. “Knowing that just where I came from, being able to make music, and really voice my opinion, and be really frank and direct with my approach to music, and for the youth to receive that so well, it really shows that we’re in an era of great thinkers and people who can interrupt the reality that they are in. And [to] really understand that, and be proactive, and spur creativity and do something different.”
Meeting the president was certainly something B.o.B didn’t think he’d get to do so soon in his life. He said Obama congratulated him on his success, telling him that he and the country were proud of him.
B.o.B joked in response, “Thanks, man. Appreciate that.”