Jay-Z: ‘Give Barack Obama time to succeed’

Rapper speaks out after US mid-term elections

Jay-Z has said that the US public should give Barack Obama more time to sort out his country’s problems before judging him.

The President has come under fire for his economic policies recently, with the Republicans winning 60 seats from his Democrat party in the House Of Representatives in yesterday’s (November 2) midterm elections.

Jay-Z, who supported Obama‘s Presidential campaign in 2008 and attended his official inauguration in Washington DC, told BBC Newsbeat that the state of the country before Obama took over should be considered when assessing his record so far.

“In order to judge someone, you have to judge what they inherit,” he explained. “In order to get to that sort of success and that dream, you have to go through some peaks and valleys.”

He added: “He inherited the worst economy, war, just a horrible time in American history. So if we think he can solve that, I mean, we don’t think he’s God, do we? He’s a human being. He’s going to need time to figure that out.”

Meanwhile, Jay-Z is set to release a book, ‘Decoded’, on November 16.