Rick Ross may conflate “royalty” and “chief of state” in the God Forgives, I Don’t cut “Presidential,” but the the song’s new video shows that Rozay has got an eye for politics, too. The song itself is mostly about boss things like “Billie Jean thumping” babes and gold watches, but the video begins anyways with a sample from the speech President Obama gave at last week’s Democratic National Convention. “America, I never said this journey would be easy,” booms the President, assuring then, before “Presidential”‘s Pharrell beat kicks in, that, “Yes our path is harder, but it leads to a better place.” Obama might not have considered “weed crumbs on the cruise ship” when he imagined “a better place,” but there’s no denying that Ross believes that said ship is a marked improvement from “3rd floor projects, feel my point of view.” And so to at least on that point, big Bawse Rick Ross and big Boss Obama can see eye to eye, strictly presidential.
Ross wasn’t the only hip hop heavyweight to show love to President Obama this week. It’s only Tuesday, and already he has won the efforts and affections of some of hip hop’s biggest characters. Who else is feeling the blue this week? Let’s have a look:
Yesterday, Obama shrugged off suggestions that Nicki might be voting for his opponent, Mitt Romney, in the upcoming presidential race. “Yeah, I’m not sure that’s exactly what happened,” he said when asked directly about the “Mercy” line. He was right to question the veracity of the line, and his comments earned him some real and literal love from Nicki. “Ha! Thank you for understanding my creative humor & sarcasm Mr. President, the smart ones always do…*sends love & support*,” she tweeted. That cleared up, we would like to go ahead and suggest that the #BarbzWinAgain tag she used in a later related tweet be adopted as the official tag for Barbz for Obama and maybe also Trolls for Obama ’12 twitter campaigns.
Jay-Z saddled close the Commander in Chief, and today it was announced that the Roc Nation head and first lady Bey will host a $40,000-a-ticket fundraising dinner for 100 people and Obama himself at Jay’s 40/40 club next week. In return for the favor, Obama has provided the new parents with a presidential term’s worth of these.
Snoop Lion pledged his support for the incumbent president while doing press at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Let me begin, Obama for four more years,” he said, adding quite convincingly that, “Bush f***ed up for eight years, so, I mean, you gotta at least give [Obama] eight years.He cleaned half the s–t up in four years, realistically. It ain’t like y’all gave him a clean house. Y’all gave him a house where the TV didn’t work, the toilet was stuffed up – everything was wrong with the house.” Earlier this year, Snoop Dog otherwise endorsed Ron Paul, but presumably the name change brought also a change of heart.