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Jay Z is having quite a week. On the heels of rumors that he and wife Beyonce welcomed twins in Los Angeles, the New York native became the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

What made the honor so much more special was former President Barack Obama’s speech given during Thursday night’s ceremony — which, by the way, Jay did not attend.

In a video tribute to the rapper, Obama called Jay “a friend of mine and first-ballot Hall of Famer” before launching into a speech about he and Jay’s connection.

“I think Mr. Carter and I understand each other. Nobody who met us as younger men would have expected us to be where we are today,” Obama said.

He continued, “We know what it’s like not to have a father around. We know what it’s like to not come from much, and to know people who didn’t get the same breaks as we did. So we try to prop open those doors of opportunity so that it’s a little easier for those who come up behind us have it a littler easier as well.”

The politician then suggested that their wives were more popular than them — something we completely concur with. “Like all of you, I am a fan: I’ve been listening to Jay since I was a young and hungry state senator,” Michelle Obama’s husband said.

He explained, “I sampled his lyrics to close his speech at Selma, and tweeted a reference to ‘My First Song’ when I was putting the finishing touches on my final State of the Union address. I had to ‘brush some dirt off my shoulders’ during a campaign. So I’m pretty sure I’m still the only president to listen to Jay Z’s music in the Oval Office.”

Former POTUS concluded his tribute with this quote: “I never looked at myself and said ‘I need to be a certain way to be around a certain sort of people.’ I’ve always wanted to stay true to myself and I managed to do that. People have to accept that.”

Following the ceremony, attended by Jay’s mother, grandmother, sisters and friends, the rapper took to Twitter to thank his fellow artists who inspired him, including Lauryn Hill, Nicki Minaj, Queen Latifah, and “the greatest rapper of all time OBAMA . Thank you 44.”

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Sattelite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind; to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crisis around the world and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genius behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at it’s core, it’s like, listen, ‘we gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of back bone, a message about climate change and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the cautiousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural ills and weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “Integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying ‘here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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