Iconic rapper Jay Z was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and longtime fan and friend Barack Obama made sure to honor Jay Z with a touching tribute.
The former president recorded a video speech for the rapper whose real name is Shawn Carter, and made sure to include a dig at the current White House occupant’s expense.
Said Barack in his recording for Jay Z, “I’d 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 that 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.” He added, “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 that are significantly more popular than we are. Like all of you I am a fan, and I have been listening to Jay since I was a young and hungry state Senator. I sampled his lyrics to close my speech at Selma.”
Continued Obama, “I tweeted a reference to ‘my first song’ as I was putting the finishing touches on my final State of the Union address. I had to brush some dirt off my shoulders during a campaign. I’m pretty sure I’m still 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 that’s true now.” What do you think of Obama’s speech? Watch the video below: