Rapper joins Bruce Springsteen in backing Democratic candidate

Jay-Z has sent a last-minute message of support to US presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

The rapper spoke at an event in Virginia on Saturday (November 1) aimed at encouraging people to vote in the “swing state”.

Jay-Z, who has publicly endorsed Obama before, invoked a series of black civil rights activists in encouraging people to back the Democratic challenger.

Rosa Parks sat so that Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so that Obama could run. Obama‘s running so that we all can fly,” he declared. “I can’t wait until November 5 and I’m going to say ‘Hello, Brother President’.”

Jay-Z added: “I cant tell you who to vote for. All I can do is tell you to vote on November 4, the most important election that will happen probably in your lifetime.

“I’m not running as president, so I don’t want to feel restrained. I don’t want Barack or his campaign to be tied to anything I do here tonight. I’m just a private citizen doing my thing. Free speech and all that.”

Jay-Z follows Bruce Springsteen in declaring support for Barack Obama.

Obama‘s Republican rival John McCain

has support from rapper Daddy Yankee and Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry.

The US presidential election takes place tomorrow, November 4.