Philly's Leslie Odom Jr. raps for the president at BET celebration of the Obamas
Leslie Odom Jr., the East Oak Lane native and Hamilton star, took the stage at Love and Happiness: An Obama Celebration, a BET special that aired Tuesday night that was described as a "love letter to the president and first lady."
"Your legacy, I'm sure, will warrant a musical in the next one hundred years," Odom said. "I'm positive about that. I may not be around to perform it then. So is it cool if I perform some of it now?"
Odom then rapped a synopsis of the president's rise to commander-in-chief:
"We watched as hope grew, for the office of the president uh-oh, guess who? Barack Hussein Obama. Eight years filled with drama, but man we love you like our mama."
The special had been taped weeks prior. Dave Chappelle referenced the evening in his recent Saturday Night Live monologue, describing the importance of an evening at the White House where the attendees were predominately black (and included Rydal's own Bradley Cooper, for some reason). He said the night was beautiful and gave him hope.
Odom wasn't the only Philly performer; Jill Scott and the Roots also were on the bill.
Odom currently is on tour supporting Simply Christmas, his jazzy new Yuletide album.