Grammy-winning rapper T.I. may have served time behind bars, however, the former convict has vowed to take part in next week’s presidential election.
According to the “King of the South,” President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney can expect him to lock in a vote come November 6th.
“I am able to vote because I have served my time, I’m off probation, so I can re-register just like each and all of you can,” he said. “If you are off from probation, you are not serving a sentence — matter of fact, if you are out on bond and have not yet been convicted, you also may vote. … I’m going to make it my business to go out there and vote.” (MTV)
Last week, Chicago rapper Chief Keef vouched his support for President Obama.
“I love Obama.”
“#VoteBarackFromDaBlock http://instagr.am/p/RNxcv0yQRe/,” Keef tweeted October 25th with a link showing President Obama throwing up the dynasty sign with the caption “99 Problems But Mitt Ain’t One.” (Chief Keef’s Twitter)
Recently, the head of state admitted he has Jay-Z playing in his iPod during this heated presidential campaign.
“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)
Along with rallying ample hip-hop support, the president recently snagged Jay for a commercial endorsement.
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 a recent T.I. interview below: