Like his wife Beyoncé, the rapper has been openly supportive of re-electing the man that currently holds the White House. Recently, that support leaked into the lyrics of one of his popular songs.
On Monday, after being called upon by the president to perform during an Election Day rally in Columbus, Ohio, Jay-Z did one better by reworking the lyrics of “99 Problems” to serve as a thumping battle cry for the team wearing blue today.
“I changed this one up, I have to do it, I’m sorry,” Jay-Z announced to the crowd leading into the song to highlight his set. “I didn’t get clearance from the Secret Service, so if they come tackle me, ya’ll save me. I didn’t get that vetted, so let’s do that real fast before they come snatch me off this stage!”
Then came the lyrics…
“If you’re having world problems, I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but a Mitt ain’t one,” he sang, changing the word “b*tch” to the first name of the incumbent’s opponent.
“This is a testament to how someone’s voice can be so powerful, that we’re standing in Ohio,” Jay-Z announced following the set. “I got a phone call, like, ‘Jay? I need you down in Ohio. I need you to come down with the Boss.'"
Of course, the Hov’s love for the pres isn’t just a one-way street.
"Jay knows what my life is like," Obama told the crowd. "We both have daughters, and our wives are more popular than we are."
Obama is also known to favor the Brooklyn-based hip-hop mogul on his iPod in dire situations, famously hitting play on his hit “My First Song” during the tougher times on the Campaign Trail.
Jay-Z also performed his hits Run This Town,” “On to the Next One” and “Public Service Announcement ” at the rally.