Beyoncé, Rihanna, Pharrell, LeBron James and more pay tribute to Jay-Z
Written by Ken Simmons on November 23, 2021
In honor of Jay-Z being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on October 30, Questlove from The Roots brought together a who’s who of entertainment and sports to pay tribute to Hova. The video, titled The Times and Life of Shawn Carter, features over 35 famous admirers reciting lyrics, song and album titles from the Roc Nation founder’s iconic 26-year career.
Beyoncé kicks off the tribute, referring to her husband’s second studio album in 1997 by saying, “In my lifetime, more than a million rhymes, no joking.” It’s a family affair, as the “Run This Town” rapper’s mother, Dr. Gloria Carter, also makes an appearance, and the video ends with Bey and Jay’s nine-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, adorably reciting edited lyrics from 1998’s “Ride or Die.”
“Congrats S Carter, ghost writer. You paid the right price so we just made your hits tighter,” Blue says in a serious tone before erupting into laughter.
Music stars in The Times and Life of Shawn Carter include: Rihanna, Diddy, Pharrell, DJ Khaled, John Legend, Queen Latifah, Usher, Rick Ross, Alicia Keys, RZA, SZA, H.E.R., Common, Lenny Kravitz, Jermaine Dupri, MC Lyte, Ed Sheeran, and Chris Martin from Coldplay.
TV/Film stars in The Times and Life of Shawn Carter include: Regina King, Kevin Hart, Halle Berry, Naomi Campbell, Jamie Foxx, Trevor Noah, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Lupita Nyong’o, Tyler Perry, Chris Rock, Tracee Ellis Ross, Idris Elba, Lena Waithe, LeBron James, and David Letterman.
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