Jay-Z says he texts with Obama
July 11th, 2013
03:56 PM ET
9 months ago

Jay-Z says he texts with Obama

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.


Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. ANNIER

    Such a NICE understated necklace.

    July 11, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Boo

    Jay Z is so a lot more than a "rapper"... love the headline game that CNN plays. Click Click Click!

    July 11, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    "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?

    July 11, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Borderless

    I wonder if the NSA is monitoring Jay-Z's texts to Obama?

    July 11, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Vickie Holbrook

    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?

    July 11, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. Romney is STILL NOT My Hero

    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.

    July 11, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. FalseProphet

    @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.

    July 11, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. i12bphil

    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.

    July 11, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. jeezlouise

    Just 2 Ghetto Thugs "shooting" the breeze. Obama is disgusting and low brow...

    July 11, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. MyName

    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....

    July 11, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Mandrake

    @rhinkagain

    Uh... Bin Laden was dead in August 2011.

    July 11, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Prashanth

    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?

    July 11, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. Arthur

    Cool as hell!!!!!!

    July 11, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. Brandon

    Dwayne Wade's in my top 5.

    July 11, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Wake up People!

    OMG!!! How dare President Obama be friends with a wealthy, millionaire businessman!!

    I have just one word!!

    IMPEACHMENT!!!
    Fox lite who cares??

    July 11, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Nobody Asked Me

    Wonder what the bike that that ginormous bicycle chain around his neck goes to must look like.

    July 11, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Independent

    ThinkAgain

    @just sayin: "can he text his buddy obama and ask him what he was doing while those 4 americans were killed in benghazi???"

    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!!! :)

    July 11, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Independent

    Wake up People!

    OMG!!! How dare President Obama be friends with a wealthy, millionaire businessman!!

    I have just one word!!

    IMPEACHMENT!!!
    Fox lite who cares??
    _______________________

    Agreed, who cares???

    July 11, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Jippy

    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.

    July 11, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. Bill from GA

    Jay-Z and Paula Deen both use a word, spelled differently.

    Deen looses her career,-Z makes his.

    Double Standard?

    July 11, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. BoFo

    What a totally uncultured, self-absorbed jerk.

    July 11, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. Dyan S

    This guy is such an idiot.

    July 11, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. sly

    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!

    July 11, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. The_dude

    Only idiots listen to rap so this suits ofailure.

    July 11, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. SCOTT

    This d-bag has communications with the president? how unbelievably ridiculous and scary. Real respectable there prez.

    July 11, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7