Rapper Jay Z performed expletive-laced songs during Clinton rally in Cleveland

Rapper Jay Z performed expletive-laced songs during Clinton rally in Cleveland
Jay Z and Beyoncé perform at campaign rally with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Cleveland, Ohio, Friday. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Editor’s note: Some of the language in this story may be offensive to some readers.

Large crowds swarmed to Cleveland, Ohio, Friday night to hear performers Jay Z, Big Sean, Chance the Rapper and Beyoncé. And Hillary Clinton was there, too.

But rally-goers certainly got an earful when Jay Z took the stage, according to Business Insider, as the rapper repeatedly dropped the n-word and even used the f-bomb when he performed the song “F***WithMeYouKnowIGotIt” during the packed-out campaign event in a state where the Democratic presidential nominee has been lagging in the polls.

“You’re tuned into the motherf***ing greatest,” one voice said seconds before Jay Z began rapping.

Jay Z went on to rap, “If you feelin’ like a pimp n*****, go and brush your shoulders off. Ladies is pimps too, go and brush your shoulders off. N***** is crazy baby, don’t forget that boy told you. Get that dirt off your shoulders.”

In early October, it was almost as if former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey, a Donald Trump supporter, predicted this becoming an issue. In a bizarre television moment, McCaughey attempted to defend the Republican candidate’s vulgar comments about women by reading explicit lyrics to some of the songs performed by Beyoncé, Jay Z’s wife, during an appearance on “CNN Tonight.”

“I don’t listen to rap music. I don’t like that kind of thing,” she said at the time. “[H]illary Clinton expresses that she finds the language on the [Access Hollywood tape] horrific, but, in fact, she likes language like this: ‘I came to slay, bitch. When he f****d me good, I take his ass to Red Lobster.'”

The Trump surrogate went on to say Clinton “idolizes” Beyoncé, arguing her praise for the popular singer is a clear example of the “hypocrisy in Hillary Clinton expressing such horror” at Trump’s past comments about women. CNN host Don Lemon, for his part, just laughed off the suggestion.

Holding a dueling rally of his own in Pennsylvania Friday night, Trump poked fun at Clinton’s star-studded event, telling supporters, “I didn’t have to bring J-Lo or Jay Z. I am here all by myself … Just me — no guitar, no piano, no nothing.”

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