Hip-Hop has been behind Barack Obama since his first presidential campaign in 2008. From Jay-Z to will.i.am, artists have shown their support for the first African-American President of the United States through inspirational odes and unforgettable performances.
This week, amidst Obama's re-election, Jay-Z took over Ohio with a revamped performance of "99 Problems," and both Young Jeezy ("We Done It Again") and Mariah Carey ("Bring It On Home") released celebratory odes to the POTUS. Ne-Yo teamed up with Goo Goo Dolls' Johnny Rzeznik, Herbie Hancock, Delta Rae and Natasha Bedingfield for a motivational collaboration for the Obama campaign titled, "Forward."
In celebration of President Obama's victory, here are the top 10 hip-hop/R&B odes to our current and future president.
1. Young Jeezy feat. Nas - "My President"
Young Jeezy: ""Tell him I'm doin' fine, Obama for mankind / We ready for damn change so y'all let the man shine"
2. Mariah Carey - "Bring It On Home"
Mariah Carey: "So when you're down and frustrated let em all keep debating because we gonna win"
3. Jay-Z - "Jockin' Jay-Z"
Jay-Z: "I rock with Obama, but I ain't no politician"
4. Common - "Changes"
Common: "What is change?/ Change is Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi Shakespeare, Tupac Shakur, Barack Obama"
5. will.i.am - "Yes We Can"
will.i.am: " Yes we can to justice and equality/ Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity/ Yes we can heal this nation/ Yes we can repair this world/ Yes we can"
6. Kidz in the Hall feat. Talib Kweli and Bun B
Kidz in the Hall: "Critics say we can't, but Obama says we can"
7. Jadakiss feat. Common, Styles P & Nas - 'Why (Remix)'
Common: "Why is Bush acting like he trying to get Osama? / Why don't we impeach him and elect Obama?"
8. Joell Ortiz feat. Dante Hawkins - "Letter to Obama"
Joell Ortiz: "It's time for a change and the change is Obama"
9. Nas - "Black President"
Nas: "I think Obama provides hope and challenges the minds of all races and color to erase the hate"
10. Stevie Wonder - "Keep Moving Forward"
Stevie Wonder: "The common man deserves a chance / Barack's the one who'll take a stance"