By Rob Markman
“I don’t even like the word politics. It implies something underhanded and I think we need less government,” Jay-Z told MTV News while he walked the record carpet at his 40/40 Club in Manhattan to celebrate the release of the “NBA 2K13” video game, a title which he executive produced.
While a rapper in office may seem far-fetched, Jay’s close relationship with President Barack Obama led many to wonder if the music mogul has his sights set on public office. But Jay isn’t so turned on by the idea. “To be honest with you I think a lot of people are serving their own agendas, so they just argue back and forth and they think about their next term,” he said. “And it’s more about themselves than about the people. They’re servicing the people, but we rarely get anything done because they’re going back and forth with whatever they’re doing, so I’m not really into politics.”
Still Jay whole-heartedly supports the President and even aided in his reelection campaign by throwing a fundraiser which brought in $4 million to the Obama camp on September 18. “I support Barack because I gotta respect that sort of vision. I gotta respect a man who is the first black President ever,” he said. “To have that sort of vision and dream, I have to support that.”
Back in 1991, then-President George Bush, Sr. had gangsta rapper Eazy-E over to the White House for a luncheon. It was a pretty big deal at the time, so for Jay to now be hosting fundraisers and have such a close relationship with the POTUS is surreal. “I’m still kind of numb about it, I can’t figure it out like how this happened and this journey and everything that’s going on,” he said. “It’s like way beyond the reach I thought hip-hop had. I knew it was the most powerful music worldwide, the culture itself, but it always amazes me the power that it has. Still, to this day.”