Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Politico-Jay-Z Encourages His Fans To Get Out And Vote (Video)

Jay-Z:AP Photo
(Story reported by Patrick Gavin for Politico)

Jay-Z is throwing his weight behind a get-out-the-vote effort for a spot set to air on CBS and other networks.

The spot, produced for HeadCount — a nonpartisan nonprofit that joins together musicians and efforts to promote participation in government — can be watched below. It features live concert footage of Jay-Z from this summer's Bonnaroo festival, telling the crowd: "We changed the world. So just goes to show anything is possible. Fight for what's right. Fight for what you believe in and stay forever young."

"In a year when there is such negativity in this country, Jay-Z's positive message is even more powerful," HeadCount Executive Director Andy Bernstein said in a statement. "When he told the crowd at Bonnaroo,

'We changed the world,' it was a truly electric moment. Thousands of people got goose bumps, and I knew it would make an unforgettable PSA."

HeadCount's founding board members include the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and The Disco Biscuits' Marc Brownstein. The group has worked with such artists as Jack Johnson, John Mayer and the Dave Matthews Band.

(Click here to read the full story on the Politico website. Below is the YouTube video of the Jay-Z voter drive campaign spot.)

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