So now maybe there’s a correlation between Jay Z’s loving rap inspiration tweet fest that just went down. On Thursday, Former President Barack Obama inducted the Brooklyn mogul into the 2017 class of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City, cementing one of Hip-Hop’s most enduring legacies.
Page Six reports:
Obama, appearing in a taped video, told the audience Thursday that he’s been listening to Jay Z since he was a “young and hungry state senator” and compared himself to the New York rapper.
“Nobody who met us as younger men would have expected us to be where we are today. You know what it’s like not to have a father around, you know what it’s like not to come from much, and to know people who didn’t get the same breaks that we did. 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 said, earning an applause from the audience in New York City.
“Jay and I are also fools for our daughters, although he’s going to have me beat once those two twins show up. And let’s face it, we both have wives who are significantly more popular than we are,” he added.
Also inducted were Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and Motown founder Berry Gordy.
Check out Barack Obama’s video induction for Jay Z in the clip below.