We can definitely tell Jay Z has no desire to be this generation’s Harry Belafonte, but he sure does fancy President Obama.
In fact, the hip hop mogul compared himself to the Commander-in-Chief in his interview with The Truth‘s Elliott Wilson.
During the one-on-one, just hours before his performance at Yankee Stadium, Jay responded to being criticized by actor/social activist Belafonte, who recently said that he and Beyonce have not fulfilled their responsibility in society by giving back.
But at the 6:50 mark, Jay Z makes it clear that he doesn’t agree adding that it’s far from the truth. He then goes on to compare himself to our President, Mr. Barack Obama:
I’m offended by that because first of all, this is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity. Just who I am, [is charity], just like Obama is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything, that hope that he provides for a nation and outside of America is enough… Just being who he is. You’re the first black president. If he speaks on any issue or anything, he should be left alone. [...] Of course we want to challenge [Obama] to do better [...] My presence is charity! Just this guy who came from Marcy projects apartment 530C, to these places of me playing in Yankee stadium tonight.
In the hour interview, Jay also weighed in on The George Zimmerman verdict that resulted in protests across the nation, including the one he and Beyonce attended in NYC last weekend.
Aside from the video up top, you can also check out part one of the interview after the jump.