Posted: Saturday – March 6, 2010
Jay-Z has finally made it to the White House. Joining him on Wednesday, March 3, were Beyonce, her mother, Tina Knowles, and Trey Songz.
According to hiphopdx.com, Jay briefly met with Obama while at a stop at the Verizon Center on his Blueprint 3 Tour.
Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, publicly expressed to the media that he has had several invitations to the White House and has been too busy to accept. “Hopefully we’ll keep him in for eight years so I’ll have time to get there,” he said last month to BBC.
Now that Jay has gotten there, we’ll see if he is invited back.
According to allhiphop.com, Obama endorsed Jay-Z’s latest album, Blueprint 3, (where Obama was shouted out on 3 different cuts) and has been a hip-hop fan for years. His hope for hip-hop is for emcees to avoid lyrics that degrade women and limit the constant talk of money and cars.
“I’ve met with Jay-Z, I’ve met with Kanye [West]. And I’ve talked to other artists about how potentially to bridge that gap. I think the potential for them to deliver a message of extraordinary power that gets people thinking [is great],” Obama said while on a BET special.
The president continued to say that he feels some rappers use the n-word excessively.
What Obama and Jay-Z do agree on is the effect hip-hop can have on the nation. They both believe that rappers can use their lyrics to uplift the masses and bring about change. However, Jay feels that the job of a rapper is to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly.
“Sometimes there are hard truths in rap; they’re not packaged with pretty ribbons. Sometimes the realities of the situations are harsh and they need to be told,” Jay-Z said to BBC. “We’re the poets of our generation!”