(NEW YORK) — If there was any lingering doubt about whether rapper Jay-Z is an Obama supporter, as he was in 2008, the hip-hop megastar dispelled it Tuesday.
In an interview with CNN, Jay-Z said President Obama is a better choice for the country than Mitt Romney “by leaps and bounds.”
The rapper praised Obama’s recent support for same-sex marriage, saying the issue “is still holding the country back.”
“You can chose to love whoever you love; that’s your business,” Jay-Z, 42, said. “It’s no different than discrimination against blacks. It’s discrimination, plain and simple.”
Jay-Z and wife Beyonce have been ardent Obama supporters since his 2008 campaign. And the president is equally supportive of the hip-hop duo. When The Atlantic asked whether he preferred Jay-Z or Kanye West, Obama said, without hesitation, “Jay-Z,” noting that Kanye is a “jackass,” referring to Kanye’s interrupting Taylor Swift’s Grammy acceptance speech.
Beyonce last month showed her love for the first family, penning a letter to Michelle Obama in which she said the first lady was “the ULTIMATE example of a truly strong African American woman.”
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