In anticipation of the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 43rd President of the United States of America, and first of African-American descent, Jay-Z drops a verse on the official remix of Young Jeezy’s 2008 celebratory track “My President.” Hov and Jeezy first performed the remix on January 19, 2009, the night before Obama’s inauguration in Washington D.C. It was later leaked online on January 29, and would have its official release on the deluxe edition of Hov’s The Hits Collection, Volume One in 2010.
Controversy followed this track, with the right wing media calling it “bigoted” and calling Obama to denounce Hov. Thankfully the Prez had much more sense than that and only furthered his ties with the rapper:
I’ve gotten to know these guys over the first several years. They’re good people. Beyonce could not be sweeter to Michelle and the girls. So they’re good friends. We talk about the same things I talk about with all my friends.