Jay-Z Not Interested In Political Career And Calls Barack Obama Friendship "Surreal"
27 September 2012, 15:42
The '99 Problems' rapper opens up on his relationship with the US President and declares "we need less government".
Jay-Z has confessed that he is not interested in making a leap into politics and doesn't like even using the word.
The 'Girls Girls Girls' star was questioned on whether his friendship with US President Barack Obama had lead him to consider a future career in office.
"I don't even like the word politics," he admitted to MTV News. "It implies something underhanded and I think we need less government."
He went on to describe how he feels many of the individuals in power are more interested in looking after themselves first and foremost.
"To be honest with you I think a lot of people are serving their own agendas, so they just argue back and forth and they think about their next term," he said. "And it's more about themselves than about the people.
"They're servicing the people, but we rarely get anything done because they're going back and forth with whatever they're doing, so I'm not really into politics."
The rapper recently joined forces with his wife Beyonce to help host a fundraiser for the American leader's re-election campaign, where they managed to raise $4 million.
"I support Barack because I gotta respect that sort of vision," he declared. "I gotta respect a man who is the first black President ever. To have that sort of vision and dream, I have to support that."
Speaking about the changes in his career and the friendship with Obama, he said he still couldn't believe it was all happening.
"I'm still kind of numb about it, I can't figure it out like how this happened and this journey and everything that's going on," he said. "It's like way beyond the reach I thought hip-hop had."
He continued: "I knew it was the most powerful music worldwide, the culture itself, but it always amazes me the power that it has. Still, to this day."
Meanwhile, the rapper was back at his 40/40 nightclub in New York this week where he walked the red carpet of the launch of the new NBA 2K13 video game, which he executive produced.