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Read the Massive List of Rappers Who “Inspired” Jay Z

This evening, Jay Z will be inducted into the songwriting hall of fame. He’s the first rapper to be given this honor.

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The always graceful Jay Z decided to have his speech in public. In a Tweetstorm that lasted for more than 10 tweets, Hov gave props to every single rapper that inspired him. There’s the usual MCs who you would expect, like Rakim, Ice Cube, Nas, and the Notorious B.I.G.

READ: Jay Z Will Headline This Year’s Meadows Festival In Queens, N.Y

But then there were a few surprises, like Playboi CartiNipsey Hussle, Quavo and T Grizzly (Hov also made reference to “First Day Out” being the best song right now.)

But enough speaking for the man. Read what he wrote:

 In the middle of all of those tweets, Jay provided a link to a Dropbox file. That file contained a speech from Barack Obama, where the ex-president congratulated the rapper. The video was quickly gone. Lucky, this Twitter user was able to save it and then post it.

Dimas Sanfiorenzo

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