Rapper Jay-Z said former President Barack Obama is "not a superhero," and the massive expectations placed on him as the first black president were unfair.
In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times' T magazine, Jay-Z was asked whether he had any disappointments about Obama or if he had lived up to his expectations.
“Yes, because all he could do was the best he can do,” Jay-Z said. “He's not a superhero. And it's unfair to place unfulfillable expectations on this man just because of his color. You're actually doing the opposite. It's like, what do you think is gonna happen? He's there for eight years. And he has to undo what 43 presidents have done. In eight years. That's not fair.”
Jay-Z and his wife, Beyoncé, were major supporters of Obama's presidential campaign, including hosting a fundraising event for his re-election. Earlier this year, Obama inducted Jay-Z into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Jay-Z said "the great thing" about the election of President Trump is that he has "forced" the country to have a serious dialogue about race in America.
"The great thing about Donald Trump being president is now we’re forced to have the dialogue. Now we’re having the conversation on the large scale; he’s provided the platform for us to have the conversation," he said.
Jay-Z also said his wealth hasn't turned him into a Republican voter.
"No. No, because I believe in people. I want what's best for people. I love people. You know, so I don't have that sort of thing, like, I want to vote Republican just to save more money,” he said. "That's not the endgame. It's not about who got more money and who got more houses. Yes, you know, you've earned it, buy what you want. ... But don't forget what's important. Without people, being rich would be very boring."