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April 14, 2012  | by: Emily Simpson

You can't argue the fact that both of these guys seem like they're on top of the world.

I know the first thing that I think about every morning when I wake up is whether our president prefers the musical stylings of Jay-Z over Kanye West, or vice versa. That’s normal, right? Everyone thinks about that. And finally, after all these years of speculating, The Atlantic‘s David Samuels has finally provided us with the answer.

The May 2012 issue of The Atlantic Magazine contains the article “American Mozart,” which is arguably focused on the overall competitiveness of the careers of both Jay-Z and Kanye West, and addresses the question of whether or not the latter going on tour with the former would be detrimental to either – but it opens with an anecdote about our beloved Barack Obama, who famously called out Kanye West as a “jackass” in a leaked off-the-record 2009 interview with CNBC.

When asked up-front three years later which artist he preferred, he said Jay-Z, “as if the answer should be obvious.” But he didn’t stop there. The president continued on to say that he did like Kanye, appreciated his intelligence and his talent as a musician, and of course embraced the fact that he comes from his own hometown of Chicago.

“He is a jackass,” Obama concluded, “but he’s talented.” So there you have it. The POTUS himself prefers Jay-Z, still thinks Kanye West is a jackass, but can acknowledge talent when he sees it.

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