Michelle Obama Hits No. 1 on Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 With 'Go to College'
The first lady's college-themed rap bests her husband's recent No. 2 chart appearance.
First Lady Michelle Obama rose to No. 1 on the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart with “Go to College.” The comedic and empowering track finds FLOTUS teaming with Saturday Night Live’s Jay Pharoah in the College Humor-produced clip, rapping about (no surprise here) the importance of going to college.
Mrs. Obama doesn’t get much time to flex her skills in the two-minute clip, but she dishes inspirational lines in her verse, such as “South Side Chicago, we all know. We had to overtime every night to make it tomorrow.”
The track promotes the first lady’s Better Make Room and Reach Higher initiatives, which aim to inspire college-readiness programs and completion goals for teenagers.
FLOTUS’ new No. 1 also earns her bragging rights at the White House. Her husband, President Obama, reached No. 2 on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 on Nov. 17, thanks to a featured turn on JX Cannon’s “Pop Off.” Cannon released his Soundcloud-only cut, which is based on a the line, “If folks want to pop off and have opinions about what they think they would do, present a specific plan” from a Nov. 17 presidential address.
n addition, President Obama helped spark a Trending 140 No. 1 yesterday (Dec. 9), after Mrs. Obama told Time that her husband's favorite song of the year was "How Much a Dollar Cost" by Kendrick Lamar. The news sent the song darting to No. 1 on the real-time survey, where it became Twitter's most discussed track for nine straight hours. "Dollar" features on Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in April and recently powered the rapper to 11 Grammy nominations, the most for any artist this year.