Last week, Jay Z made history by becoming the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. To celebrate the occasion, Obama made a video congratulating all the new inductees and in which he explained his his personal connection to Jay.

Calling him a “friend”, and “a true American original,” Obama added that he’d, “like to think Mr. Carter and I understand each other. Nobody who met us when we were younger men would have expected us to be where we are today.”

He continued, “we know what it’s like not to have a father around. We know what it’s like not to come from much, and to know people who didn’t get the same breaks that we did. So we try to prop open the door of opportunity so that it’s a little easier for those who come up behind us to succeed as well.”

The former president then said “like all of you, I am a fan, and I’ve been listening to Jay since I was a young and hungry state senator,” going on to describe how Jay Z’s music helped him get through tough times in the office.

Finally he finishes the video talking about Jay Z’s dedication to his family before joking about one more thing the two have in common, “let’s face it. We both have wives who are significantly more popular than we are.”

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