Lyrical Endorsement: "Why is Bush acting like he trying to get Osama?/Why don't we impeach him and elect Obama?" - CommonCommon endorsed Obama's presidential candidacy years before the Illinois senator even formed a presidential exploratory committee. This 2004 remix marked the first time Obama was ever name dropped in a rap song. Maybe the Windy City MC knew something we didn't?
Lyrical Endorsement: "Did you ever think you'd see a white rapper endorse a black president."Inspired by another song on this list, ("The People") 6th Sense's "Ignite the People (Like Obama)" took the web world by storm a week before the Pennsylvania primary. It didn't help deliver the PA to Obama in the primary, but it affirmed his color-blind support base.
7. Common - "The People"
No hip-hop artist has been more supportive of Barack Obama's candidacy than Chicago's own Common. Comm's Grammy-nominated single "The People" was one of many tracks in which he vocalized his support of Obama's candidacy.
Lyrical Endorsement: "Red states, blue states, that’s kinda late/In your eyes, it's only the United States"Jin wrote this heartfelt anthem for his presidential choice after learning about Obama. He didn't stop there though; he took it a step further by setting up a campaign fund for Obama, so that a portion of proceeds from the song would go to the senator's camp. The move earned Jin a spot on Obama's Myspace friends list (remember those?). Imagine that.
3. Young Jeezy - "My President" (Feat. Nas)
Lyrical Endorsement: "Obama for mankind." - Young JeezyOn this celebratory track from The Recession, Young Jeezy takes stock of the Bush administration's shortcomings while looking ahead at the strides of the incoming President. Nas, who knows a thing or two about political anthems, drops by with a solid guest verse.
Lyrical Endorsement: "It's time for a change and the change is Obama."Unlike Luda's "Politics," whose incendiary lyrics forced Obama's camp to condemn the song, Joel Ortiz's "Letter to Obama" is 100% cuss-free. Ortiz takes a different approach by telling a gloomy story about dire living conditions in the 'hood, with hopes that an Obama presidency would aim to improve such conditions.
1. Nas - "Black President"
Lyrical Endorsement: "On the positive side, I think Obama provides hope and challenges the minds of all races and color to erase the hate."Nas' "Black President" encapsulates the sentiment behind Barack Obama's presidential bid. In line with Obama's message of hope and optimism, Nas takes 2Pac's skepticism ("Although it seems heaven sent, we ain't ready to see a black president") and transforms it into a powerful assertion of progress in America's political arena. It's by far the best Obama tribute by any rap artist.