Jay-Z has released a video in support of President Barack Obama‘s campaign for re-election. 

Hov, who recently had a fundraising dinner with Obama in New York City, New York, said that when the President first began his term, he symbolized hope for American citizens.

“When the President got in the office initially, what he represented to a nation of kids was hope, the hope of people all across the country who would look and see themselves and know the possibilities,” he said.

The Roc Nation chief enlisted Obama to record a message that aired during his Made in America festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jay says that every vote counts, and that people should exercise their right to participate in the election.

“For so long, there was this voice that was silenced out there as far as exercising the right to vote. I think it was a voice that was silent because people had lost hope. People didn’t believe that their voice mattered or counted. They thought it was just policies, people going back and forth and at the end of the day, it never trickled down to where we live,” he said. Now, people are exercising their right and you starting to see the power of our vote. It means something for the first time for a lot of people, having someone in office who understands how powerful our voice can be. It’s very important.”

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