Jay-Z is passionate about making his voice heard, whether on stage or in the voting booth.
The rap mogul has been a huge supporter of President Barack Obama since his 2008 presidential run. Why? Because for the first time, Hov saw someone that wasn’t much different from him—and could identify with his journey—in a position to run the country.
In Jay’s opinion, that’s why many disenfranchised voters were so passionate about Obama. "For so long, there was this voice that was silenced out there as far as exercising your right to vote," Jay-Z said in a video for the Obama campaign. "I think it was a voice that was silent because people had lost hope. They didn’t believe that their voice mattered or counted."
He added, "We thought it was just politics–people going back and forth–and at the end of the day, it never trickled down to where we live."
Hov points out that after the 2008 election, many voters were encouraged by their role in electing a presidential candidate. "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," Jay said.
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