On Saturday night Jay-Z was welcomed into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The night was filled with touching speeches from Dave Chappelle and President Barack Obama.
Chappelle's speech went into depth about his fandom for Jay-Z, “I could sit up here tonight, I could talk about his acumen as a businessman. I could talk about his accomplishments in music. But I think what’s most important for everyone in this room to know is what it means to us, what he means to his culture.”
He wrapped up his speech with "I am honored to be the n***a that gets to say, ‘My n***a, welcome to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”
In His acceptance speech, Jay-Z joked that everyone offering the effusive praise was “trying to make me cry in front of all these white people.” Jay went on to give his respects to his mother Dr. Gloria Carter, KRS-One, Chuck D, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Chaka Pilgrim, fellow inductee LL Cool J, and more.
"Growing up, we ain’t think we could be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. … We were told that hip-hop was a fad. And much like punk rock, it gave us this anti-culture, this subgenre. And there were heroes in it. … And I would watch these guys and, you know, they had the big rope chains and they wore leather, and sometimes even the red, black, and green medallions. And whatever they wore, everybody would wear the next day. And I was like, ‘That’s what I wanna do. I wanna be like those guys.’ And so I set out on my journey, a lot of writing at my table, shoutout to Dr. Gloria Carter in the house.”