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Barack Obama Delivers Moving Tribute To Jay Z At The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

By in Huffington Post on June 16, 2017

By Ed Mazza

.@BarackObama shouted out Jay Z for being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame; says Beyonce & M.O. are more popular than him & Jay pic.twitter.com/QTWL80hMQw

— Victoria M. Walker (@vikkie) June 16, 2017

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.

Obama first congratulated many of the other inductees, including Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Robert Lamm and James Pankow and Max Martin.

Then he got to Jay Z.

“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. 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. And 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.”

The former commander in chief also made a crack referencing to their powerful partners, former first lady Michelle Obama and megastar singer Beyoncé.

“And let’s face it,” he said. “We both have wives who are significantly more popular than we are.”

Obama also spoke of listening to Jay Z’s music throughout his career, from his early days as a state senator to preparing his final State of the Union address.

“I’m pretty sure I’m still the only president to listen to Jay Z’s music […]    

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