"Yes We Can" is a collage style music video inspired by a speech delivered by Senator and now President-elect Barack Obama following the 2008 New Hampshire primary, derived from similar union catch cries. The song was released on February 2, 2008 by the Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am on Dipdive.com and also on YouTube. It was honored with the first-ever Emmy Award for Best New Approaches in Daytime Entertainment. The term "Yes We Can!" became a secondary slogan for Barack Obama's campaign.
Although the lyrics are entirely quotations from Sen. Obama's concession speech in the New Hampshire primary, the Obama campaign had no involvement in its production. The viral music video, shot in a sparse black-and-white, features Barack Obama's image in collage fashion; the performers echo his words in a hip-hop call-and-response manner as his voice plays in the background. The music video was directed by Jesse Dylan, the son of Bob Dylan.
Since the original posting on YouTube and Dipdive, the video has been watched more than 21 million times.