Former President Barack Obama Congratulates Jay Z On His Induction Into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame! (VIDEO)

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A huge congratulations goes out to Jay Z who was inducted into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame on Thursday – the first for a hip-hop act!

And if that moment wasn’t big enough, former President Barack Obama taped a video message for the mogul that was played at the ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

“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,” Obama said. “And so we try to prop open those doors of opportunities, so that it’s a little easier for those who come up behind us to succeed as well.”


Check out the full video message below:

The hip-hop star skipped the ceremony amid Beyoncé Knowles‘ birth speculation! Hmmmmmm…….

In related news, Jay took to Twitter on Thursday to thank quite a few hip-hop acts who have inspired him (pretty much everybody!):

LMAO! Congrats….

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