Here Are the 50+ Rappers Jay Z Credits as His Personal Inspiration

Here Are the 50+ Rappers Jay Z Credits as His Personal Inspiration

Young Thug, 50 Cent and even President Barack Obama made the list.

Published June 16, 2017

Rising from street hustler to hip-hop novice to being part of the industry elite to being a world-renowned business magnate, Jay Z has embodied the soar to the pinnacle of success in its truest form.

But the upward climb didn’t go without rungs of inspiration from several fellow industrymates — both past and present, old and young and male and female — along the way. Taking us back to hip-hop’s golden years with names like Grandmaster Caz, Chuck D and Slick Rick, Jay handed out over 90 salutations to several hip-hop influencers in a series of tweets. As the newest inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jay thanked the named individuals for their impact on the esteemed accolade.

He took his hat off to the femcee circle with Lauryn Hill and MC Lyte, shot a thumbs-up to millennial hip-hop novices like Playboi Carti, Chance the Rapper and Young Thug. Jay even tossed one up for icons like megastar songstress and his wife of nine years Beyoncé and the Big 44, otherwise known as President Barack Obama. The 44th president's inclusion was especially welcomed, considering he did the honors of inducting Jay into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

Aside from a few hilarious typos (see Jay’s disclaimer about not having used Twitter in God knows how long), the lengthy list may take some time to work through. is here to help with that (and Jay for the next time he goes on a tweet spree), as we compile all the names we spotted on Jay’s list of big influences below. 

  1. Rakim
    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 20: Rakim performs at the Apple Store in Soho on November 20, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
  2. Big Daddy Kane
    WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 08:  Big Daddy Kane is interviewed by Ed Lover for "Backstory" at SiriusXM Studio on October 8, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
    (Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
  3. Chuck D
  4. Ice Cube
  5. Jaz-O
  6. Eminem
  7. Andre 3000
  8. Nas
  9. Tupac
  10. J. Cole
  11. Kendrick Lamar
  12. Chance the Rapper
  13. Jay Electronica
  14. Lauryn Hill
  15. Nicki Minaj
  16. MC Lyte
  17. Queen Latifah
  18. Common
  19. Kanye West
  20. Drake
  21. Meek Mill
  22. RUN-D.M.C.
  23. Grandmaster Caz
  24. LL Cool J
  25. 2 Chainz
  26. Cameron
  27. Q-Tip
  28. Nef The Pharaoh
  29. Scarface
  30. De La Soul
  31. Ice T
  32. Lil Wayne
  33. Juvenile
  34. B.G.
  35. Nipsey Hussle
  36. Lil' Kim
  37. Slaughterhouse
  38. Wale
  39. MC Eiht
  40. Too Short
  41. E-40
  42. Mac Dre
  43. Kool G Rap
  44. Melle Mel
  45. Kurupt
  46. The LOX
  47. DMX
  48. Schoolboy Q
  49. Ab-Soul
  50. Mos Def
  51. Foxy Brown
  52. Rick Ross
  53. Quavo
  54. Future
  55. Travis Scott
  56. Tee Grizzley
  57. Redman
  58. Ghostface Killah
  59. Raekwon
  60. Wu-Tang Clan
  61. Busta Rhymes
  62. Treach
  63. Young Thug
  64. Beyoncé
  65. 50 Cent
  66. Big L
  67. Showbiz and A.G.
  68. Nice & Smooth
  69. Fat Joe
  70. Big Pun
  71. Digable Planets (Butterfly, especially)
  72. Beanie Sigel
  73. Young Chris
  74. Freeway
  75. Young Jeezy
  76. Pusha T
  77. Playboi Carti
  78. A$AP Mob
  79. Sean Price
  80. Mobb Deep
  81. Kid Cudi
  82. Tyler the Creator
  83. Earl Sweatshirt
  84. Snoop Dogg
  85. President Barack Obama
  86. Slick Rick
  87. Pimp C
  88. Bun B
  89. Big Sean
  90. Sauce Money
  91. Fabolous
  92. Black People Everywhere
  93. Mac Miller

Written by BET Staff

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