WASHINGTON (Web Desk) – In her first ever rap video, the United States first lady has thrown down some rhymes in a tongue-in-cheek music video to encourage children to go to university.

Co-starring actor Jay Pharoah – known for his uncanny impersonation of Barack Obama – the video shows the pair dancing at the White House and rapping into a studio mic.

“If you wanna fly jets you should go to college/ Reach high and cash checks, fill your head with knowledge,” they riff in tandem.

Produced for the student site College Humor, the video is part of a drive called “Better Make Room” which aims to reverse falling US college graduation rates.

“South Side Chicago, we all know/ We had to do overtime every night to make it to tomorrow,” raps Michelle Obama – who grew up in the city’s south.


“And everyone could really make their dream come true/ Hey kid listening in Michigan, this could be you.”

During her time in the White House, Michelle Obama has championed a string of initiatives to promote healthy eating, education for girls and help for military families.

Fans took to social media to praise Obama’s “dope” rap skills, others saw the funny side – while a few suggested her teenage daughters Sasha and Malia might be a touch embarrassed.