Hip-Hop star Jay-Z will lend support to Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and encourage young people to vote by giving two free concerts this weekend, AllHipHop.com has learned.
Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, will perform a free show in Detroit on Saturday (October 4) followed by another free performance in Miami on Saturday (October 5).
Tickets for the free concerts will be distributed at ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s local campaign offices, AllHipHop.com has confirmed.
Obama, who admitted a fondness for Jay-Z and Kanye West, expressed his support for Hip-Hop during an interview with MTV Host/Hip-Hop personality Sway, following a presidential rally in Greensboro, North Carolina.
He also praised the entrepreneurial mind state that rappers often possess.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“In the past, musicians oftentimes were commodities.Ã¢â‚¬Â Obama told MTV News. Ã¢â‚¬Å“They were just shuffled aroundÃ¢â‚¬Â¦they did well, but they didn’t have the vision to say, ‘I’m going to build a business. I’m going to build my own studio. I’m going to create my own production operations.’ I think they’re a lot more sophisticated than in the past, and that is a wonderful thing.”
In related news, Obama will debate Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain two more times: once in Tennessee on October 7 and again in New York on October 15.