In a powerful and moving ad released by the Obama campaign, hip-hop mogul Jay-Z pays tribute to the nation's Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama and the historical impact he made as the first US African-American president.
The ad comes about three weeks before the presidential election, which will determine if the incumbent will be voted in for a second term, or lose to Republican challenger Mitt Romney. It includes footage from Jay's "Made In America" concert last month, which debuted a video of Obama speaking to the crowd, and emphasizes how hard work can help anyone achieve the American Dream by portraying both men as leading examples.
A figure of hope and inspiration, Jay says that Obama changed the perception that children see in themselves when they look at Obama.
“When the president got in office initially, what he represented to a nation of kids was hope. You know the hope of people across the country who would look and see themselves and know the possibilities," says Jay.
The Brooklyn-bred lyricist also talks about how Obama gave a "voice" to those who were "silent" because they didn't believe their voice mattered.
“For so long, there was this voice that was silenced out there as far as exercising your right to vote. I think it was a voice that was silent because people had lost hope. They didn’t believe that their voice mattered or counted. 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.”
Ties between Hov and Barack go back to 2008, when the rap star campaigned for his election and then gloriously boasted how he had "Obama on the text" in 2010.