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Dave Chappelle & POTUS Obama Induct Jay-Z In Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame + Hov Gives Dame Dash A Shoutout During Speech

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Of course, heavyhitters like Dave Chappelle and Barack Obama were chosen to induct Jay-Z into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2021. Watch Hov get his flowers, plus peep the shoutout he gave his former business partner Dame Dash inside...


"He is ours. He is Hip-Hop. Forever," and ever, and a day. Dave Chappelle said as he honored Jay-Z at the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio.

The famed comedian is a long time fan of the Hip Hop legend, so it was only right he helped induct the Hip Hop legend into the prestigious Hall.

“I would like to apologize to...Nah, I’m just f*ckin’ with ya,” Dave joked, seemingly poking fun at the "cancel" drama surrounding him over jokes he made in his Netflix special "The Closer," which pissed off the trans community.

“I need everybody in rock and roll to know, that even though you are honoring him, he is ours,” Chappelle continued. “You embody Black excellence," Chappelle said to Hov.


The famed comedian gave a profound speech, sharing how much of an impact he has been to the culture. 

“I can sit up here tonight and talk about his acumen as a businessman. I can talk about his accomplishments in music,” Chappelle said. “But what is important for everyone in this room to know is what he means to us. What he means to his culture.”

“He is going to show us how far we can go if we can just get ahold of the opportunity,” Chappelle said. “He has his people’s heart...We love him more than you can ever recognize him for.”


Hov's induction also featured a pre-recorded message from former President Barack Obama:

"I’ve turned to Jay-Z’s words at different points in my life, whether I was brushing dirt off my shoulder on the campaign trail, or sampling his lyrics on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the 50th anniversary of the Selma march to Montgomery," said POTUS.

Hov's introduction also featured a star-studded clip of celebrities, rapping his lyrics and giving him his flowers, including Beyoncé, his daughter Blue Ivy, Rihanna, LeBron James, Chris Rock, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Samuel L. Jackson, Pharrell, Regina King, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Legend, Common, Chris Rock, H.E.R., and Jamie Foxx. Check it out below:

Delivering the longest speech of the night, the Hip Hop mogul made sure to give props to his former business partner/Roc-A-Fella co-founder Dame Dash:

“I would watch these guys, and you know they had big rope chains, and they wore leather, and sometimes even the red-black-green medallions, and whatever they wore, everybody would wear the next day,” Jay-Z said in his acceptance speech, referencing inductee LL Cool J, too. “And I was like, ‘That’s what I want to do. I want to be like those guys.’ And so I set out on my journey, writing at my table—shout out to Dr. Gloria Carter in the house, she bought me the green notebook.”

“We was like we gonna create our own company, you know? That’s hip-hop. And we created this company called Roc-A-Fella Records,” he said. “Shout out to Dame [Dash]; 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 [Kareem] ‘Biggs’ [Burke]; he’s one of the most honorable people I’ve ever met. We created something that will probably never be duplicated.”

Check out clips from Hov's acceptance speech above and below: 


You can watch his full speech below: 

Check out more flicks from the event, including appearances from Jay's mom, Dr. Gloria Carter, actress Angela Bassett, Roc Nation exec Lenny Santiago, Tim Witherspoon (Kelly Rowland's husband) and more:


Hov snapped it up with rap pioneer LL Cool J, who was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to the rap legends, Tina Turner, Carole King, Todd Rundgren, the Go-Go’s, Foo Fighters, Billy Preston, Randy Rhoads, Kraftwerk, Charley Patton, Gil Scott-Heron, and Clarence Avant were inducted this year.


Inside the ceremony...

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos was spotted laughing it up with Dave Chappelle in a public show of support after the trans community (including Netflix employees) tried to cancel the comedian over his transgender jokes in "The Closer." The streaming giant refused to take down Chappelle's comedy special from the platform despite public outrage over the comedian's jokes.

The famed comedian embraced Ted's wife, Nicole Avant, who is the daughter of former Motown Chairman Clarence Avant. Her father - dubbed the Black Godfather of Music - was also inducted into the Rock Hall, so they were there to celebrate him as well.

It doesn't appear Mrs. Carter was not in attendance, but we wouldn't be surprised if she popped up with some flicks from the event on her social media accounts. Y'all know how Bey does.

After the event...

The 51-year-old entertainer took to Twitter to thank everyone for their kind words in the tribute video and he also gave a shoutout to Jaz-O after forgetting to give him his props during his acceptance speech.

Photos: Getty


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