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Jay-Z’s Rock Hall Induction Made Him ‘Cry in Front of All These White People’

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Honoree Jay-Z accepts the President's Merit Award onstage during the Clive Davis and Recording Academy Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Jay-Z on January 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for NARAS)

After Dave Chappelle inducted Jay-Z into the Rock in Roll Hall of Fame, he spoke in front of the audience.

During, he said, “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.”

At one point, he also said all the praise he received was “trying to make me cry in front of all these white people.”

In his speech, which was the longest of the night, he also talked about his childhood, about writing his first rap, and he thanked everyone that helped him along the way.

If you could only choose one Jay-Z album to listen to forever, which would you choose?

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