President Barack Obama recently dished out his love for rap mogul Jay-Z and why he has Young Hov’s “First Song” on replay as he bids for a second term in office.
The president said Jay’s Black Album record keeps him on his toes in light of non-stop campaigning.
“During campaign time, I try to keep it upbeat,” President Obama said in an interview. “We just talked about Jay-Z–there’s a bunch of Jay-Z songs on my iPod. I gotta say ‘My First Song.’ Keeps me steady. It reminds you that you always have to stay hungry.” (Z107.9)
A few years ago, Jay admitted President Obama got down with his Blueprint LP.
Rapper Jay-Z said President Barack Obama was among his biggest fans and that he frequently played the artist’s explicit tunes while exercising, it was reported Friday. The 10-time Grammy award winner said in an interview with U.K. broadcaster the BBC that the President enjoyed working up a sweat to the sounds of Jay-Z’s latest album, Blueprint 3. “Barack loves hip hop. When I called him he was playing Blueprint in the gym,” the star said. (My Fox)
Earlier this month, the president said he Jay and fellow rapper Nas‘ lyrics embarrasses him around family.
“You know, we actually don’t constrain what she listens to,” President Obama said referring to daughter Malia. “We expect her to show some good judgment. She listens to my iPod and has gotten hip to stuff that was made well before she was born like Motown, jazz, classic rock. There’s a whole bunch of stuff that she’s picking up on. We actually share tastes in hip-hop and rap music but we don’t listen to it together, because some of the language in there would embarrass me–at least while I’m listening to it with her. Folks like Jay-Z, Nas, we both like them, but when it comes on and I’m sitting with her and Sasha, then I fast-forward because it would make me blush…. It’s interesting, both Malia and Sasha, they’re very much up on pop culture, but what I’m pleased to see is that they’re interested in making culture too.” (Glamour)
Jigga recently appeared in a pro-Obama ad campaign commercial.
In a new ad released today by President Barack Obama’s campaign, Jay-Z reflects on Obama’s message of hope. The president reinvigorated voting, he says, “and you’re starting to see the power of our vote. When the president got in office initially, what he represented to a nation of kids was hope. You know, the hope of people all across the country who would look and see themselves and know the possibilities. … Now people are exercising their right, and you are starting to see the power of our vote. He made it mean something for the first time for a lot of people.” (Mediaite)
Check out President Obama’s interview below: