Wale Performed At The White House Before Obama's State Of The Union
By Shanté Merida and Jayson Rodriguez
D.C. is really chillin.’ Wale returned to the White House once again, this time to perform ahead of President Obama’s last State of the Union address last night (January 12). Previously, the D.C. native hit 1600 Pennsylvania Ave with REVOLT for a special we did on Michelle Obama’s Beating The Odds initiative.
Last night, President Obama delivered his eighth and final State of the Union address, and like any great legacy act, he came with a few opening acts.
Introduced by Vice President Joe Biden, Wale delivered a special performance at the White House viewing party during a live stream of the union. The DMV MC ran through a string of tracks including “Chillin’,” “LoveHate Thing” and “White Shoes.” When he wasn’t performing, Wale found time to mingle and snap a selfie with Dr. Jill Biden, the Second Lady, and exchange laughs and commentary with respectable White House officials. Though this wasn’t the first time Wale has visited the White House, as he performed last summer as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Beating the Odds Summit, he makes the first rapper to open an SOTU address.
After his performance, Wale announced his fifth studio album, Shine, to follow-up last year’s The Album About Nothing.
Watch the performance below.