Jay Z became the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday night ― and he got one heck of an introduction. Former President Barack Obama delivered a videotaped message heaping praise on the music mogul, whose real name is Shawn Carter.
“I’m pretty sure I’m still the only President to listen to Jay Z’s music in the Oval Office,” former President Barack Obama said. “That may change at some point, but I’m pretty sure that’s true now.”
High of being the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame that evening, Jay Z took time to thank many of the artists who’ve inspired him throughout the years and to proclaim that black people are “magic.” He took to Twitter where he name-dropped dozens of artists. Read his tweets below.
“Thank you to all the people that have inspired me . Rakim KANE KRS chuck cube Jaz Em Andre Nas big PAC cole kendrick chance jayE ..wait,”
“Lauryn Nicki lite latifah common ye drake and meek . Run caz LL chainz cam tip (both of them) thought pharaoh , face . De la . Ice T. Wait”
“G Rap .Mel . Kurupt . Lox. X . Q. Ab lupe. Mos. Foxy. Boss . Ross. Quavo Future Travis too many Fvvk this. All you!T grizzley song best out”
“Shit did I say redman ? Ghost and Rae . Wu tang I beat Genius in a rap battle I think ha . Busta (him too) Treach . Thug . B a rapper too!”
“Shit …Wayne , Juve BG Nipsey . Kim . Slaughterhouse (yes mouse too ha) Folarin MC eiht . Short . 40 . Mac dre this shit hard .Never mind”
“Somebody find that reply I just hit please . I’m new on this . Anyway salute to anybody who made a song to feed their family or just vent .”
“Thank you, this way”
“Fvvk ..50 cent big L sho ag nice and smooth Joe and pun . diggable butterfly esp…beanie young chris freeway SP okay for real this time .”
“Fvvk haa. Naw for real .Pastor Jeezy my partner . Okay I’m done . I’m deleting this app in the morning . Shit is impossible to get right.”
“I promise I’m not drunk . Lord Pusha . Carti (Magnolia incredible)ASAP Sean P , Mobb , cudi . Tyler , earl, Snoop!!( almost played myself)”
“And the greatest rapper of all time OBAMA . Thank you 44”
Wow! That was intensive!