Obama Has ’99 Problems But Mitt Ain’t One,’ Jay-Z Raps At Ohio Rally

Jigga joined Bruce Springsteen in support of President Barack Obama at Ohio campaigning event before Election Day.

With Election Day less than 24 hours away and so much focus put on the ever-important swing states, Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z and President Barack Obama hit Columbus, Ohio, on Monday (November 5) to ask who’s gonna run this town in the final day of campaigning.

“I got a phone call like, ‘Jay, I need you to meet me down in Ohio, man. Yeah, I need you to meet me and the Boss,’ ” Jay detailed Obama’s request to the crowd and those viewing via the live stream — in his best Barack impression, of course.

Hov rocked a number of songs like “Run This Town,” “Public Service Announcement” and a remix to his hit single “99 Problems.” “If you’re havin’ world problems, I feel bad for you son/ I got 99 problems, but Mitt ain’t one,” the music mogul rapped as the democrat crowd laughed in approval.

Jay ended with his usual, the 2003 swan song “Encore,” but he performed his The Black Album favorite with a twist. Instead of inciting the expected “Hova” chant, Jay encouraged the crowd to sing “four more years” in support of Obama.

“Four years ago we voted for hope and change. Already, that hope made a generation of people feel like they can be anything in the world,” Jay told the crowd as his band played a Kanye West instrumental played in the background. “Change is also on the way. We know it’s not an overnight thing, but we absolutely want to go forward. We don’t want to go back.”

After a most spirited introduction, Obama took the stage to the sounds of U2′s “City of Blinding Lights” and saluted Springsteen and Jigga, all the while getting the Columbus crowd fired up. “It is an incredible honor to have Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen on the same bill,” the POTUS said. “Not only are they on my iPod… it’s also because both of them tell an American story.”

In fact, Obama told the crowd he believes his life runs parallel with the star rapper who turned his checkered past around and built a multimillion dollar entertainment empire. “Nobody I think would expect us to be where we are today when they had met us as younger men,” he lamented. “Both of us now have daughters and both of us have wives who are more popular than we are.”

After a bit of comedy, it was down to business as the president campaigned, speaking on healthcare, the economy and the overall future of America.

With the election one day away, stick with MTV’s Power of 12 throughout Tuesday’s voting for results, analysis and reports from Chicago, Boston and New York on election night.

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