Jay-Z, with Beyonce, at Obama’s second inauguration. (Ricky Carioti / The Washington Post)


“I don’t know if this is breaching national security but when he was getting elected the second time, he was like, ‘Hey, you know, fourth quarter, just give me the ball,’ I said, ‘word’.”


— Jay-Z dishing to New York’s Hot97 about his phone and text friendship with President Obama. “He’s a regular guy as well. He’s very heavy into sports so a lot of his analogies end up in sports.” What is this, Pop Star Presidential Name-Drop Day? (See also: Justin Bieber, Bill Clinton.) Our nation’s great one-man corporate rap conglomerate is, of course, promoting his new “Magna Carta. . . Holy Grail” album these days.

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