Updated 7/12, 8:01 a.m. ET
(CNN) - It's no secret that Jay-Z is close with President Barack Obama. The hip hop artist held big fundraisers for the president, and his megastar wife, Beyoncé, performed at Obama's second inauguration.
But Jay-Z said this week their friendship also plays out on the small screen–a very small screen. In an interview with New York radio station Hot97, the rapper confirmed that he and Obama exchange text messages.
"Yeah, I've spoken to him on the phone and had texts from Obama, of course," he said Wednesday.
Jay-Z stopped himself and quickly expressed regret for saying "of course," acknowledging the term may sound arrogant.
"Yes, that's happened," he continued, referring to the text messages.
The song writer and designer said Obama is "a regular guy" who uses a lot of sports analogies.
"I don't know if this is like breaching national security, but he was like–when he was getting elected the second time–he was like 'Hey, you know, fourth quarter, just give me the ball.' I said 'word'."
That conversation, Jay-Z added, happened in Cleveland when he performed at a rally for Obama shortly before Election Day.
He further admitted he gets a little star struck around the president, a big admission for one of the most successful musical artists in the country.
Jay-Z has previously hinted that he uses SMS with the president. In his 2009 song, "On to the Next One," the rapper mentions that he chills with Oprah "in the projects" and has Obama "on the text."
Obama's relationship with the power couple also made headlines this year when Jay-Z rapped that the White House–rather than the Treasury Department–gave him and Beyoncé approval for their high-profile trip to Cuba.
In an unusual White House press briefing, Obama's chief spokesman, Jay Carney, was asked about the lyrics.
But Carney sharply denied that the White House gave the couple clearance for their travel.
"I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury," Carney said.
The bonds between the rapper and the president go back at least as far as the 2008 campaign, when candidate Obama said the way to handle political mudslinging was by brushing one's shoulders off – mimicking Jay-Z's trademark move. Jay-Z's hits shuffle on Obama's iPod, he said in July 2010 – alongside the likes of crooner Frank Sinatra and opera great Maria Callas. The couple also visited the White House earlier that year, and their VIP tour included a stop inside the Situation Room.
– CNN's Ashley Killough and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.
Such a NICE understated necklace.
Jay Z is so a lot more than a "rapper"... love the headline game that CNN plays. Click Click Click!
"How about some tweets from GW Bush on why he ignored warnings about bin Laden in August of 2011 and instead went on vacation to his ranch in Crawford?"
Ummmm...Wasn't Obama President in 2011?
I wonder if the NSA is monitoring Jay-Z's texts to Obama?
The Obama'a think they are celebrities...can someone please text President Obama and remind him that he works for us and not the other way around?
As much as I like President Obama, I'm greatly annoyed by this... Jay-Z thinks he's Jesus Christ and his wife has multiple personality disorder. Please don't allow them to influence any decisions.
@just sayin: "can he text his buddy obama and ask him what he was doing while those 4 americans were killed in benghazi???"
Dear lord still with the benghazi? Even Fox is winding down the hype machine for that one ... go find a new fake scandal please.
Not an Obama fan, obviously, but isn't the guy allowed to have friends? Oh, I'm so shocked he texts one of his friends....not.
Just 2 Ghetto Thugs "shooting" the breeze. Obama is disgusting and low brow...
why are these writer so white?
Jay-z did not rap that Obama gave him permission to go to Cuba.
Stay away from hip-hop and stick to beat writing....
Uh... Bin Laden was dead in August 2011.
And BIN L@DEN texted Bush and Cheney before 9/11 to say everything is going per their plan. His family was safely flown out of New York despite a US airspace shutdown.
Seriously, is this really a bigger deal than that?
Cool as hell!!!!!!
Dwayne Wade's in my top 5.
OMG!!! How dare President Obama be friends with a wealthy, millionaire businessman!!
I have just one word!!
Fox lite who cares??
Wonder what the bike that that ginormous bicycle chain around his neck goes to must look like.
How about some tweets from GW Bush on why he ignored warnings about bin Laden in August of 2011 and instead went on vacation to his ranch in Crawford?
As soon a Clinton tells us why he allowed the pilots that flew the planes to go through flight school while he was president.......You do realize that a lot of the planning and training was done while Clinton was president!!! See how ridiculous your what if questions sound???? Also Obama was president in August 2011!!! :)
Wake up People!
Fox lite who cares??
Agreed, who cares???
I will be soo happy when Barry's 8 year vacation is over. I understand that I am a racist for saying that and that and that
it is George Bush's fault.
Jay-Z and Paula Deen both use a word, spelled differently.
Deen looses her career,-Z makes his.
What a totally uncultured, self-absorbed jerk.
This guy is such an idiot.
Ho ho ho ... this will bring out the hillbillies.
Come on, let's hear some white KKK racism ... you know, things like "my he has a big necklace" or "Obama is disgusting".
We love it when the white racists get their panties all tied in a bun.
My, these are GOOD times for America.
Thank you President Obama for:
-killing America's #1 enemy bin laden
-ending 2 Bush Oil wars
-health care reform
-ended federal discrimination againest gays
-brought our economy back to life
-stock market at all time highs.
Thank you Mr. President!
Only idiots listen to rap so this suits ofailure.
This d-bag has communications with the president? how unbelievably ridiculous and scary. Real respectable there prez.