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Jay-z Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here are our 20 best Lines from Hov

JAY-Z is officially a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. His debut album, Reasonable Doubt, turned 25-years-old this year, which made HOV eligible for the induction. While the hip-hop mogul already has tons of awards, the recognition from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame clearly meant a lot to JAY-Z.

President Obama and a bunch of A-list celebrities that included, Beyoncé, Blue, John Legend, Diddy, Chris Rock, Halle Berry, Regina King, and more honored JAY-Z in a tribute video inside the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Saturday (Oct. 30) night in Cleveland.

“I need everybody in rock and roll to know that even though you are honoring him, he is ours,” Dave Chapelle said during his induction speech for JAY. “He is hip hop. For ever and ever, and a day.”

To Salute the King, here are our 20 best lyrics from JAY:

1: I sell ice in the winter, I sell fire in hell/I am a hustler, baby, I’ll sell water to a whale -‘U Don’t Know’

2: Financial freedom my only hope/Fuck livin’ rich and dyin’ broke/I bought some artwork for one million/Two years later, that shit worth two million/Few years later, that shit worth eight million/I can’t wait to give this shit to my children/Y’all think it’s bougie, I’m like, it’s fine/But I’m tryin’ to give you a million dollars worth of game for $9.99- The Story of O.J.”

3:Can’t be scared to fail, searching perfection” — “On to the Next One,” The Blueprint 3 (2009)

4:”Men lie, women lie, but numbers dont “Reminder,” The Blueprint 3 (2009)

5: “Can you really match a triple platinum artist buck by buck by only a single going gold?” — “A Million And One Questions,” In My Lifetime Vol. 1(1997)

6: “Look a man dead in his eyes, so he know you talk truth when you speak it / Give your word, keep it” — “New Day,” Watch the Throne (2011)

7: In order to survive, gotta learn to live with regrets” — “Regrets,” Reasonable Doubt (1996)

8: “They say you can’t turn a bad girl good / But once a good girl’s gone bad, she’s gone forever” — “Song Cry,” The Blueprint (2001)

9: “America try to emasculate the greats” — “F.U.T.W.,” Magna Carta… Holy Grail (2013)

10: “Whoever said illegal was the easy way out / Couldn’t understand the mechanics and the workings of the underworld, granted”— “D’Evils,” Reasonable Doubt (1996)

11: “Can’t be too safe cause niggas is two-faced/ And they show the other side when they catch a new case” — “A Week Ago,” Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life (1998)

12: I was born to dictate, never follow orders” — “U Don’t Know,” The Blueprint (2001)

13: “A man that don’t take care his family can’t be rich” — “Family Feud,” 4:44 (2017)

14. “Generational wealth, that’s the key” — “Legacy,” 4:44 (2017)

15:”Nobody built like you, you design yourself”— “A Dream,” The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse(2002)

16: “A loss ain’t a loss, it’s a lesson” — “Smile,” 4:44(2017)

17: “Death before dishonor, and I tell you what else / I’ll tighten my belt ‘fore I beg for help” — “Justify My Thug,” The Black Album (2003)

18: “Only God can judge me, so I’m gone / Either love me or leave me alone” — “PSA,” The Black Album (2003)

19: “What’s better than one billionaire? Two / Especially when they’re the same hue as you” — “Family Feud,” 4:44 (2017)

20: “‘Til you own your own, you can’t be free” — “I Got the Keys,” DJ Khaled’s Major Key (2016)

 

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