In a taped address to the assembled gathering at a ceremony in New York, former President Barrack Obama said that he was pretty sure he was still the only President to listen to Jay-Z’s music in the Oval Office.
With that most epic of introductions, Jay-Z became the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He feted along with pop-hit cyborg Max Martin; Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis of The Time; Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera of Chicago and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.
Both Obama and Jay-Z were not in attendance at the ceremony. However, a representative read Obama’s speech. Jay-Z’s wife, Beyoncé is pregnant with twins and rumored to be close to labor.
Accepting the award on his behalf was Jon Platt, the CEO of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing agreed to the award on behalf of Jay-Z. He opened with a mocking joke, “If this was a hip-hop room, to get that introduction and people are expecting to see Jay-Z, but they see Jon Platt instead, walk out here?”
After the ceremony, Jay-Z took to Twitter to thank his artistic influences. He thanked near everybody in the hip-hop game and proclaimed that black people are “magic.”
In a series of tweets with some hilarious praise in between, Jay-Z gave a shout out to approximately hundred artists, including hip-hop icons, past collaborators, those he’s had a beef with and newer artists.
“Thank you to all the people that have inspired me,” Jay-Z started. He then mentioned names including Biggie, Tupac, Lil Wayne, Drake, Future, Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, among other artists.
At one point during his shout outs, Jay-Z stated that he wasn’t drunk. He then followed up with a video tribute from the former President Barrack Obama, a man who he named the “greatest rapper of all time.”
After naming dozens of artists, Jay-Z came to the realization that all of this talent wasn’t by coincidence. His last tweet read, “Black people are magic.”