HomeJay-Z Inducted Into The Rock Hall Of Fame By Obama, Dave Chappelle: ‘It’s Hip Hop, Forever’

Jay-Z Inducted Into The Rock Hall Of Fame By Obama, Dave Chappelle: ‘It’s Hip Hop, Forever’

In just his first year of eligibility, “Best in Brooklyn,” Jay Z, was entered in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on Saturday night between a class that included The Go-Go’s, Carole King, Tina Turner, Todd Rundgren and the Foo Fighters.

But only a hip-hop legend of his caliber, who has been a driving force in the music industry for more than two decades, was honored with a letter from a former president. Barack ObamaWho previously praised Sean “Jay-Z” Carter when he was He became the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, touching notes on how Jay-Z’s music served as the soundtrack to some of his most significant moments.

“I’ve turned to Jay-Z’s words at various points in my life, whether I’m scraping dirt off my shoulder during the campaign trail, or sampling his words on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the 50th anniversary of Selma’s March to Montgomery,” Obama said in a statement. Recorded video message. “Today, Jay-Z is one of the most famous artists in history and the embodiment of the American Dream, a dream he helped realize for other young people like him.”

His comments arrived after Star-studded intro video For the hip-hop mogul, which featured wife Beyoncé and their daughter Blue Ivy Carter reciting some of Jay Z’s most famous lyrics alongside LeBron James, Rihanna, Chris Rock, Sean Combs, Samuel L Jackson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Queen Latifah and many more.

Jay-Z speaks on stage during the 36th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction party.

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But only one big Jay-Z fan chose to pay homage to the rapper in person: the controversial comedian. Dave Chappelle, who resides permanently in Ohio, appeared at the ceremony as the final introductory speaker.

After a “big applause”, For every Rolling Stone, Chappelle began his remarks by saying, “I’d like to apologize to…no, I’m just having sex with you,” probably referring to Violent reaction to substances that cause transphobia On his latest Netflix special, “The Closer”. Since its release, Chappelle has Stop defying his jokes Despite backing off Netflix’s support for the special, which resulted in employees Organizing a protest withdrawal on how the company handles the response.

Netflix co-CEO, Ted Sarandos, was actually on the scene, standing with Chappelle backstage after his remarks.

But the comedian kept his attention to the “amazing honor” of enlisting a man who had inspired him and the black community, telling the audience, “I want everyone around the world to know: Though you honor him, he’s ours. It’s hip-hop, forever and ever and one day.” .

Recreating Jay-Z’s life from a boy who grew up in apartment developments in Brooklyn to the man who became one of the best-selling musicians of all time, Chappelle said emphatically, “The most important thing everyone in this room should know is what he means to us, what he means to his culture.” “.

“We love him more than you could possibly realize or realize because he embodies the potential of what our lives can be and what success can be,” he added.

In the end, Jay-Z himself climbed onto the podium, joking that all of the evening’s praise was “trying to make me cry in front of all these white people.”

“Growing up, we didn’t think we could be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” he said at the start of his talk. “We were told that hip-hop was a fad. Like punk rock, it gave us that kind of anti-culture, and there were heroes in it.”

He went on to honor some of his own musical influences, including Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One, Chuck D, and fellow enlisted LL Cool J. His ex-manager Damon Dash, with whom he and Karim “Biggs” Burke created Roc-A- Fella Records, who produced his 1996 breakthrough debut album “Reasonable Doubt” and several other albums.

Jay-Z concluded his speech by remembering how Obama asked him to campaign during his 2008 campaign. “It showed me the power of hip-hop, the power of those heroes who told me these things are possible,” he said. “I hope to inform the next generation that anything is possible.”

The 2021 rock and roll intro will be broadcast as an HBO special starting November 20.