Jay-Z Gets Texts From Obama, Responds With ‘Word’


Rapper and hip-hop icon Jay-Z talked about his relationship with President Obama in an interview this week with radio station Hot 97.

“I’ve spoken to him on the phone and had texts from Obama. Of course,” Jay-Z said in the interview earlier this week. “He’s a regular guy as well. He’s very heavy into sports so a lot of his analogies end up in sports.”

Asked for an example, Jay-Z responded, “I don’t know if this is breaching national security but when he was getting elected the second time, he was like, ‘Hey, you know, fourth quarter, just give me the ball,’ I said, ‘word’.”

At a fundraiser last September, Obama told reporters that he and Jay-Z have a lot in common. 

“We both have daughters and our wives are more popular than we are,” Obama said, referring to Beyonce. “So, you know, we’ve got a little bond there. It’s hard but it’s okay.”

Correction: An earlier version of this post cited NME, which misquoted the interview. Jay-Z said “fourth quarter,” not “full-courter.”

Above photo: President Barack Obama is flanked by Jay-Z at a campaign event at Nationwide Arena, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.


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