Obama Inducts Jay Z as first Hip Hop Artist in the Songwriters Hall of Fame

    These two continue to make history.

    Jay Z has become the first hip hop artist ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Unfortunately Jay Z was not able to be at the function where former President Obama inducted him since, you know, Beyoncé is having twins and all.

    “I like to think Mr. Carter and I understand each other. Nobody who met us as younger men would have expected us to be where we are today,” Obama said. “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. 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.”

    He also said, “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 sampled his lyrics to close my speech at Selma. I tweeted a reference to ‘My First Song’ as I was putting my finishing touches on my State of the Union address. I was brushing dirt off my shoulders during a campaign.”

    We all know Obama likes to joke, and he ended saying, “I’m pretty sure I’m the only president to listen to Jay Z’s music in the Oval Office. That may change at some point but I’m pretty sure it’s true now.” We think he’s right.

    The former Prez and the artist have long been friends since Obama was in office. It’s only fitting that he grace Jay Z with such an honor.

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