“A small part of the reason the president is black, I told him ‘I got him’ when he hit me on the chat,” Jay-Z said in the opening lines of The Blueprint 3. Jay-Z is clearly much more than a rapper, as he owns several businesses, many of which have nothing to do with music. In 2008, Jay-Z intended to release a new album and he used his new music to help promote Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
The support from Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, Fat Joe, Diddy, T.I., and other popular hip hop figures led to the hip hop community coming out and voting for Obama. Unity was high and a wave of positivity led him into the White House. Time has gone by rather fast and it is now time for Barack Obama to campaign for a second term. With gay marriage being a major social issue, the president’s endorsement has caused a media frenzy.
Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama has been able to count on Jay-Z backing him up if no one else would. President Obama’s support of gay marriage has surprised his core following, the African-American religious circuit, which rallied together to make many red states swing states. Jay-Z, though in his mid forties, representes the younger generation, following this African-American demographic and he recently spoke with CNN, saying he supports Obama’s stance on gay marriage.
Watch the entire interview below: