Nas did it: He's like some of his hip-hop peers such as
Juelz Santana and
Busta Rhymes who became first-time voters in the 2008 election. The Queens MC — who's on tour in Oslo, Norway — was so excited about the election that he got in the booth earlier today and recorded a new song called "Election Night," apparently in the wee hours of the morning.
DJ Green Lantern produced and sent MTV News a copy of the record earlier today.
"I'm currently on tour in Europe with Nas and we were at dinner last night talking about how crazy it is that we're not in the states on Election Day," Lantern wrote in an e-mail. "Someone quoted his verse from
'Black President,' when he said 'What's the Black Prez thinkin' on Election Night?' And Nas said, 'Set up the mic — I'm gonna speak on that.' And the result is 'Election Night.' "
Like "Black President," from Nas' recent
Untitled LP, "Election Night" samples Barack Obama's voice.
"I'm a first-time voter," Nas raps. "How can I front?/ Barack been campaigning like 21 months/ The whole country needs answers / While he has to deal with grandma dying from cancer/ He ain't even got time to weep/ And we standing on line when we normally don't/ People claim black people too lazy to vote."
Further along in the 90-second-long record, Nas predicts a win for Obama and says he'll be at the inauguration. The Queens MC has been a vocal supporter of Obama for months. Still, despite voicing his confidence in Obama and even promoting people going to the polls, Nas himself hadn't come right out and said he was going to vote. Prior to their trip, Nas and Green Lantern both voted via absentee balloting.
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