June 16, 2017
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You’ve got to be a pretty special guy to get a personal message from the 44th President of the United States of America — and it’s safe to say that Jay Z fits the bill and then some.
Barack Obama recorded a video for Thursday’s ceremony in which the rapper made history as the first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He also recognized the evening’s other nominees, including Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Max Martin.
It literally doesn’t get any cooler than that.
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