Jay Z to Stage Hillary Clinton Concert in Swing State Ohio
Jay Z will stage a concert in support of Hillary Clinton in the swing state of Ohio before Election Day, according to Buzzfeed. Details of the concert were not formally announced.
The Cleveland concert will focus on mobilizing black voters ahead of the November 8th presidential election; while Clinton currently holds a narrow lead against Donald Trump in most polls in the crucial swing state, a huge turnout by the African-American community would make it difficult for Trump to capture the Buckeye State, Buzzfeed reports.
In 2012, Jay Z coordinated a similar concert in support of President Barack Obama, with the rapper and Bruce Springsteen co-staging a concert at Columbus' Nationwide Arena the day before Election Day. "I got 99 problems but Mitt ain't one," the rapper joked at the gig of Republican nominee Romney (via Cleveland.com).
Both Jay Z and Beyoncé have been staunch supporters of Hillary Clinton, participating in fundraisers for the candidate. The couple even hung out with former president Bill Clinton during the Made in America festival in Philadelphia.
A Democratic source added to Buzzfeed that the concert may also feature an appearance by Akron's prodigal son LeBron James, who recently pledged his allegiance to Hillary Clinton in an op-ed.
"Only one person running truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty," James wrote. "And when I think about the kinds of policies and ideas the kids in my foundation need from our government, the choice is clear. That candidate is Hillary Clinton."
Jay Z joins Ohio's own the National, who will perform in Cincinnati, and Jennifer Lopez, with a Miami concert on October 29th, who will do last-minute swing state stumping for Clinton.