Jay Z Goes on Twitter Spree Thanking Influences After Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction
"Salute to anybody who made a song to feed their family or just vent."
Jay Z became the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday (June 15) and rather than accepting the award in person, took to Twitter to thank his many influences.
In a series of nine tweets over about an hour-span, Jay Z -- who rarely uses social media -- thanked dozens of fellow artists including Rakim, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Nas, J. Cole, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Lauryn Hill, Nicki Minaj, De La Soul, Eminem and plenty more.
Almost comically, Jay Z kept the thanks coming with new names he had forgotten the time before, making comments like "this shit hard."
"Salute to anybody who made a song to feed their family or just vent," he wrote.
Jay Z was absent from the awards presumably due his wife Beyonce's pregnancy with twins, which are expected to be delivered soon according to reports. In the rapper's place, his longtime longtime friend and music publisher, Warner/Chappell CEO Jon Platt, delivered an acceptance speech in his honor at the New York City induction ceremony.
“When it comes to the industry’s biggest honors, the hip-hop community has a very long history of being told ‘you’re not songwriters,’ ‘you’re not quite there yet,’ 'it’s not your time.' Well, to all the songwriters and artists from our community and our generation, Jay would want you to know that this induction is a signal that your time has come and your time is now," Platt said. "He would tell up-and-coming hip-hop artists today that there can be no mistake or question that you are indeed songwriters, and your gift cannot ever be overlooked. And Jay would want you to know that as proud as he is to be the first, he’s even more proud that he won’t be the last.
"I’ve been in this business a long time and I’ve seen a lot of things come and go, but legends? Legends are forever and, tonight, Shawn Carter takes his rightful place among the legends in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and this moment will live on forever. On behalf of Jay, I thank you for this honor of a lifetime."
Meanwhile, on Twitter, Jay Z went on and on making his own speech of sorts. Between noting new influences every few moments, he also called out Tee Grizzley for making what he called the "best song out," presumably speaking of the Detroit rapper's "First Day Out" (or possibly one of his newer singles ""Second Day Out" or "From the D to the A" featuring Lil Yachty).
Jay Z continued, promising he was "not drunk" and thanked many others, very notably including former President Barack Obama with a link to the 44th commander-in-chief's video speech welcoming the rapper into the Hall of Fame. In the video, Obama says he’s pretty sure that he was "the only president to listen to Jay-Z's music in the Oval Office."
Read all Jay Z's tweets here and watch Obama's video below.
Thank you to all the people that have inspired me . Rakim KANE KRS chuck cube Jaz Em Andre Nas big PAC cole kendrick chance jayE ..wait,— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 16, 2017
Lauryn Nicki lite latifah common ye drake and meek . Run caz LL chainz cam tip (both of them) thought pharaoh , face . De la . Ice T. Wait— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 16, 2017
G Rap .Mel . Kurupt . Lox. X . Q. Ab lupe. Mos. Foxy. Boss . Ross. Quavo Future Travis too many fuck this. All you!T grizzley song best out— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 16, 2017
Shit did I say redman ? Ghost and Rae . Wu tang I beat Genius in a rap battle I think ha . Busta (him too) Treach . Thug . B a rapper too!— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 16, 2017
Shit ...Wayne , Juve BG Nipsey . Kim . Slaughterhouse (yes mouse too ha) Folarin MC eiht . Short . 40 . Mac dre this shit hard .Never mind— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 16, 2017
Somebody find that reply I just hit please . I'm new on this . Anyway salute to anybody who made a song to feed their family or just vent .— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 16, 2017
Thank you, this way— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 16, 2017
Fuck ..50 cent big L sho ag nice and smooth Joe and pun . diggable butterfly esp...beanie young chris freeway SP okay for real this time .— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 16, 2017
Fuck haa. Naw for real .Pastor Jeezy my partner . Okay I'm done . I'm deleting this app in the morning . Shit is impossible to get right.— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 16, 2017
I promise I'm not drunk . Lord Pusha . Carti (Magnolia incredible)ASAP Sean P , Mobb , cudi . Tyler , earl, Snoop!!( almost played myself)— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 16, 2017
And the greatest rapper of all time OBAMA . Thank you 44 https://t.co/CueS0BynCj— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 16, 2017
Wait . Slick fucking Rick . Pimp C and bun . Wow . I just realized how many fresh people the culture has . Big Sean . Sauce money .— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 16, 2017
Too many ..Fab , black people really magic . Mac Miller nice too though .— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 16, 2017
And watch the Obama video here: