My President

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"My President"
Single by Young Jeezy featuring Nas
from the album The Recession
Released November 15, 2008
Format Digital download
Recorded June 3, 2008 (2:04 am - 2:09 am)[1]
Genre Political rap, southern hip-hop
Length 5:29 (Album Version)
4:25 (Radio Edit)
Label Corporate Thugz, Def Jam
Writer(s) J. Jenkins, N. Jones
Producer(s) Tha Bizness
Young Jeezy singles chronology
"Crazy World"
(2008)
"My President"
(2008)
"Who Dat"
(2008)
Young Jeezy featuring Nas in a sample of "My President" from The Recession

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"My President" is the fourth official single from rapper Young Jeezy's third studio album, The Recession. The song also features rapper Nas and is produced by Tha Bizness. This song was number 16 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.[2] Jeezy and Nas recorded the song on the day Barack Obama clinched the Democratic nomination for the Presidency. "My President" also is notable for the unified collaboration between the two artists, who had been having a feud since the 2006 release of Nas' album "Hip Hop Is Dead", which contained statements to which Young Jeezy took offense.

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot on Sunday, November 23, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia and features many supporters of Barack Obama holding placards with various names written on them including Mother Teresa, Sojourner Truth, Bamir Topi, Sali Berisha, Bernie Mac, Sebastian Edwards, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Bun B, Juelz Santana, William Shakespeare, The Game, Lil Boosie, Jam Master Jay, Trick Daddy, David Banner, Akon, Jermaine Dupri, Pimp C and Soulja Slim. Other placards name famous world figures like Mahatma Gandhi and Che Guevara. The placards are meant to evoke those held by delegations at national political conventions; however, Hart elected to also include neighborhoods like Queensbridge and countries like Haiti, Israel and Iraq. The Israel placards caused offense to many Palestinians, including DJ Khaled and Muslims because of the 2008-2009 Gaza War. Young Jeezy bought his Lamborghini Murcielago for the music video in which he raps, "My president is black, my Lambo is blue".

The video was directed by Gabriel Hart. The music video was released on January 16, 2009 in preparation for Obama's inauguration. It ranked at #44 on BET's Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2009 countdown.

Remixes[edit]

The official remix features former Def Jam labelmate Jay-Z, it was leaked on the internet on January 29, 2009. It was mentioned by Jay-Z, who performed his verse live with Jeezy on January 18, 2009 at Love Nightclub in Washington, D.C. Jay-Z's verse of the remix was released on January 20, 2009, President Obama's inauguration, it was called the "DC Mix". The remix was also produced by Tha Bizness. Jeezy's new verse of the remix is a diss to Bill O'Reilly. This is the second song off the album that has a remix with Jay-Z, the first song was "Put On", the 1st single. The remix is included in the deluxe edition of Jay-Z's compilation album Jay-Z: The Hits Collection, Volume One.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2008-2009) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 53
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 45
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ MTV.com
  2. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2008". Rolling Stone (December 25, 2008). Retrieved 2008-12-25

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