Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama has praised the business acumen of modern-day hip-hop musicians.
Speaking to MTV, Mr Obama admitted that he has US rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West on his iPod, but struggles to find the time to listen to them.
"What I've appreciated, watching this hip-hop generation, is to see how entrepreneurial they've been,” he told MTV. “In the past, musicians oftentimes were commodities.
"I think they're a lot more sophisticated than in the past, and that is a wonderful thing."
Mr Obama, who will face Republican John McCain in November's US general election, has won the support of a host of stars from the music industry.
Last week, it was revealed that he had officially endorsed the release of a compilation of songs which have featured during his campaign.
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