With typical rapper humility, Jay Z says that he talked to Barack Obama on the phone, and the president had a Jay Z CD playing in the background:
Jay Z, the American hip hop artist, has told how Barack Obama likes to play his expletive-laden songs while exercising in the gym.
He said that the US President had his Blueprint 3 album playing during a recent telephone conversation.
Jay Z, 40, who is married to BeyoncÃ©, said he had even been invited to the White House on several occasions
Jay Z made the claims during an interview for Jonathan Ross’s Friday night show on BBC One, according to The Mirror.
So, my natural curiosity piqued, I looked up some lyrics from Blueprint 3.
Here are a few lines from “Hate” — the last one is kind of ironic:
We ballin, bitches, eatin y’all food leavin dishes
why these niggas always talkin Lear talk Ye?
why i never see them at the Clearport Ye?
why i always hear they at the airport
why i fly daily like im in the airforce
therefore, please stop talkin my ears off
millionaire talk, you haters,
you mad at me cause, your paper,
needs to get it’s muthafu*in weight up (hold up)
i aint done, name one thing that i aint done
it hurts when you say that i aint one, haters
how do i gain your favor, i need to know cause i ca(y)re
i need you to love me i swea(y)r, look he(y)re
see Ye is, runnin the Chi like Gale Sayers
I don’t know who’s running the Chi now… maybe Obama, Rahm and Axelrod still are.
Then, when I ran across the lyrics to “Off That,” it made more sense:
This ain’t black vs white, my nigga we off that
Please tell Bill O’Reilly to fall back
Tell Rush Limbaugh to get off my balls
This 2010 not 1864
In spite of all that, I still figured that Obama wouldn’t listen to any album that didn’t directly name Obama, so I kept looking around — and dammit if I wasn’t right. This is from verse 3 of “On to the next one” for those of you keeping score at home:
Uh, Big pimpin in the house now,
bought the land, tore the muthaf—–g house down,
bought the car, tore the muthaf—–g roof off,
ride clean, i donâ€™t ever take the shoes off,
bought the jeep, tore the muthaf—–g doors off,
foot out dat b-tch about to sh-t like a skateboard,
navigation on tryin to find my next thrill,
feelin myself i donâ€™t even need an x pill,
canâ€™t chill but my neck will,
haters really gon be mad off my next deal,
uh, i dont know hwy they really worry bout my pockets,
meanwhile i had Oprah chillin in the projects,
had her out in Bed Stuy chillin on the steps,
drinking quarter waters gotta be the best,
MJ at summerjam, Obama on the text,
yâ€™all should be afraid of what Iâ€™m gonna do next.
Back on the campaign trail in 2008, there was an indication that Obama was already getting into Jay Z:
More than any other modern genre, rap is built on struggle. On “Blueprint 3,” it seems that Jay’s only problem, other than where to land his private jet, is those pesky haters. And since he spends so much time reminding us that “my track record speaks for itself / I’m so instrumental,” even the naysayers seem like leftover specks from the 2003 “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” video (which launched a trend so pervasive, then-candidate Barack Obama mimicked the move when talking about Hillary Clinton.)
I just thought you muthaf—–s might want to know what your president is listening to.