Rapper Jay Z was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame Thursday following a recorded introduction for former President Obama.
Obama’s introduction heralded Jay Z, who is the first rapper or hip hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Jay Z did not attend the induction ceremony, likely because his wife, Beyonce, is expected to give birth to the couple’s twins soon.
In the introduction, Obama said that he and Jay Z “understand each other,” claiming that people did not expect either of them to be successful when they were young men.
“We know what it’s like not to have a father around, we know what it’s like not to come from much, and to know people who didn’t get the same breaks that we did,” Obama said. “So we try to prop open those doors of opportunity so that it’s a little easier for those who come up behind us to succeed as well.”
Obama also referred to Beyonce in his remarks.
“Let’s face it, we both have wives who are significantly more popular than we are,” Obama said. The former president also noted that Z’s failed retirement is “inspiring in making me want to be active in my retirement.”
Jay Z gave a hat tip to Obama on Twitter Thursday, tweeting, “And the greatest rapper of all time OBAMA. Thank you 44.”
And the greatest rapper of all time OBAMA . Thank you 44 https://t.co/CueS0BynCj
— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 16, 2017
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