Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and Will.i.am Among Celebrities on Obama Campaign Wish List

(AllHipHop News) Rappers Jay-Z and Will.i.am are among the celebrities comprising a wish list for the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama.

The list, which was leaked last week to the Nashville-based newspaper, The Tennessean, includes 194 potential campaign endorsers who are entertainers. In addition to Jay-Z and Will.i.am, singers Alicia Keys, John Legend and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine comprise the list, as well as India.Arie, Jamie Foxx, George Clooney, Sara Bareilles, Arcade Fire, Counting Crows, Ricky Martin, Josh Groban, Chris Cornell, and Will.i.am’s fellow Black Eyed Peas member Fergie.

“This was a wish list of people and groups who may be asked to participate in a campaign event,” campaign spokesperson Addie Whisenant explained to The Tennessean. “Not everyone on this list has been contact or agreed to help the campaign.”

Being a potential campaign endorser isn’t the first time Jay-Z or Will.i.am have been mentioned in the same breath as Obama. Both rappers have been vocal supporters of Obama, with Jay-Z actively helping to increase voter turnout during the then-Illinois senator’s run for the White House in 2008, in addition to performing for free at voter-drive concerts financed by Obama’s campaign. That following year, Jay-Z was featured on the official remix to fellow rhymesayer Young Jeezy’s song, “My President.”

Like Jay-Z, Will.i.am voiced his support for Obama in 2008. The entertainer contributed “Yes We Can,” a song featuring direct quotes from Obama’s concession speech in the New Hampshire presidential primary. The song, produced by Will.i.am and featured on the album Change Is Now: Renewing America’s Promise was accompanied by a star-studded music video that followed after its release on Feb. 2, 2008.

At this time, it remains to be seen whether Jay-Z and Will.i.am will officially lend their support to Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

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  • LOL like they would say no. 

  • gotta get that celebrity endorsement when your policies are bullshit..might as well get Lil Gayne to dance around on stage in some women’s clothing, im sure that would get these brainwashed sheep on your side..vote Ron Paul, dont give another 4 years for this puppet Obama doin the same shit bush was doin..killin arabs/africans and destroying the constitution/your rights

    • That was WEAK I think you are a part of the sheep and don’t know it because you four legs and can’t hold up a mirror to see yourself…..how can you agree with these republicans when they only look to upper middle class and the rich. All I gotta say is with that comment, you sound like one of them. If the democrats win the house of senate there wouldn’t be any back and forth…..period!

      • did you miss the part where i said Bush (a REPUBLICAN) and Obama (a DEMOCRAT) do the same shit? the whole “republican vs democrat” back and forth is just a show..two heads of the same beast..both are on the same team behind the scenes. You’re probably watching Bill Maher or MSNBC thinking you’re rooting for the good guys, not knowing they take orders and collect their checks from the same people behind Bill O’Reilly and Fox news..

        It’s divide & conquer..once you identify with the ‘blue team’ you’ll turn a blind eye to all the atrocities committed on their watch, cuz “at least they aren’t like those rich racists on the red team”…the same way people on the ‘red team’ never had any problem with Bush spending billions and starting wars but rally and protest when the “gay hippie liberals on the blue team” do the same shit..

        at the end of the day the common man is getting fucked… and a handful of ‘elites’ get richer and more powerful while we look for answers from the figureheads and puppets they put on our tv screens to polarize us..too distracted by “red” or “blue” to see the real enemy (sound familiar?).

        You should do some research on Ron Paul and what he really stands for, cuz he’s the only ‘politician’ I’ve seen in my lifetime who doesn’t play the bullshit games that are now the accepted norm..he says what he means, means what he says, and votes for what he thinks is right, not what the ‘red team’ or ‘blue team’ tell him to vote for

        ETA: and if you’re truly concerned with the poor..what about the poor arabs and africans being bombed n slaughtered RIGHT NOW under Obama’s watch? what about the fact that our government RIGHT NOW under Obama’s watch is getting ready to start another war (Iran), which would further cripple our economy and screw the lower class here at home while lining the pockets of military and private contractors (who get paid to rebuild the countries we destroy)? What about the $billions wasted on overseas military bases that could be spent feeding/housing people on the streets all over the U.S.? wake up



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    Everytime I see Will.i.Am, I automatically think of that “Dick Ridin’ Obama” song from the Boondocks.

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  • If the hip hop community is listening; then please lend your support to President Obama’s re-election.  I am a 68 year old woman.  I believe the trends of the future are in each and everyone of you.  It is so important for you to show your allegiance to your children children’s future.  Please listen to what the republicans are saying to those who do not have the wealth you have. Many children will loose there continuation because of republicans beliefs.   Romney’s quote” the poor already have a safety net”.  In other words, let them eat dirt.  President Obama needs  you.  I believe.   We all need President Obama.  I enjoy hip-hop as an expression, of how we moved ourselves and the world forward with each generation of trend setters.