The Hip Hop mogul was given the most endorsing of introductions by former US President Barack Obama.
“I like to think Mr. Carter and I understand each other,” Obama shared.
“Nobody who met us when we were younger men would have expected us to be where we are today. We both have wives who are significantly more popular than we are. […] Like all of you, I am a fan, and I’ve been listening to Jay since I was a young and hungry state senator. I’m proud to help present this award to a true American original.”
Obama mused on his love for Jigga’s music, their similarities (including having wives more popular than them), and Jay’s immeasurable impact on the music and cultural landscape.
In related news, Jay-Z also took to Twitter to personally thank 90 rappers who inspired him after he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
In the 13-tweet acknowledgement, Jay-Z showed love to rappers of the past and of present time. Rappers named include Biggie, Tupac, Drake, Kanye West, Kendrick
Rappers named include Biggie, Tupac, Drake, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamr, J. Cole, Nas, Lil Wayne, Chance the Rapper, Tyler, the Creator, Quavo, Travis Scott, Playboi Carti, Tee Grizzley and more.
He also gives a shout-out to Barack Obama, calling him “the greatest rapper of all time.”
The “99 Problems” rapper also gives a shout-out to Barack Obama, calling him “the greatest rapper of all time.”