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Brooklyn’s finest Jay-Z has been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week. With an untouchable discography he has also been a pioneer outside the music realm.

During the star studded ceremony that featured tributes by former President Barack Obama and comedian Dave Chappelle, Carter joined the greats like The Notorious B.I.G, Tupac Shakaur, and LL Cool J who have been inducted in previous years.

“Thank you, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, for this incredible honor. And you know, growing up, we didn’t think we could be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. We were told that hip-hop was a fad. Much like punk rock, it gave us this anticulture, this subgenre, and there were heroes in it. When thinking about what I was going to say tonight, these heroes just kept coming to my mind, Rakim and Big Daddy Kane and KRS-One and Chuck D, and, of course, a fellow inductee, LL Cool J. I watch these guys, and they have big gold chains and leather and sometimes even the red, black, green medallions and whatever they wore, everybody would wear the next day. I was like, “That’s what I want to do. I want to be like those guys.”

“[We] were told hip-hop was a fad,” Jay-Z said in his acceptance speech. “Much like punk rock, it gave us this anti-culture, this subgenre. And there were heroes in it.”

He also gave thanks to his old business partner Damon Dash. The two are currently in a legal battle and had been feuding since the they initial split between Rocafella and Def Jam. Jay goes on to say

“Shout out to Dame. I know we don’t see eye to eye, but I can never erase your accomplishments, and I appreciate you and thank you for that. And shout out to ‘Biggs’; he’s one of the most honorable people I’ve ever met. We created something that will probably never be duplicated,” the Roc Nation founder said.

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