Obama, says he has been a Hip Hop fan for years. "I've met with Jay-Z; I've met with Kanye. And I've talked to other artists about how potentially to bridge that gap. I think the potential for them to deliver a message of extraordinary power that gets people thinking (is massive)," Though he supports using Hip Hop as a catalyst for good, Obama is also aware of Hip Hop's negative side too, acknowledging that messages of crime and misogyny overshadow the many positive aspects of rap music. "There are times, even on the artists I've named, the artists that I love, that there is a message that's sometimes degrading to women, uses the N-word a little too frequently." Barack Obama & Hip-Hop http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFSVG7jRp_g USA President Barack Obama Opinion On Hip-Hop & Rap 2008 youtube.com Rap superstar Jay-Z has urged his fellow American citizens to think carefully before voting in the November presidential elections, because Barack Obama shouldn't be chosen just because he's black. "And I'm not voting for him simply because he's black. The worst thing ever for black people would be to put someone in who wasn't capable. (But) what he represents to a little kid in Marcy Projects (in Brooklyn, New York) right now is to make him feel like he's part of America. We never felt like we were part of the American dream." What is your opinion of Obama being a big Hip Hop fan?