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The former US President claimed he was “the only president to listen to Jay-Z’s music in the Oval Office.”

So who didn’t make the thank you list?

Rihanna and Jay Z


Arguably the biggest name not to get a thank you is Rihanna. The duo have worked on several global smashes including her 2007 hit, Umbrella.

She was also responsible for helping Jigga secure his first UK number one when Run This Town reached top-spot in 2009.

RiRi is also signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation record label and it was him who discovered her and gave her a start in the industry.

Surely her absence was an accident?

Pharrell Williams

Jay Z and Pharrell Williams

There’s no mention of Pharrell Williams who has produced a string of hits for Jay Z.

The pair worked together on songs including Excuse Me Miss, I Just Wanna Love You and Frontin’.

Jay Z and Pharrell are still close so it was probably more the rapper being forgetful than a deliberate miss.

Swizz Beatz

Another producer who has handed Jay Z some monster instrumentals over the years.

Rumours of a new Jay Z album are rife and Swizz even recently posted a picture of the pair with the caption ‘they don’t even know what’s about to happen. Album mode zone.’

Again surely another name simply forgotten during Jigga’s late night seven minute tweet flurry.

Another Level

Back in 1997, Jay Z had just started to make a name for himself in the US but clearly wanted to crack the UK music scene.

His introduction to most British music fans was when he featured on boy-band Another Level’s, Be Alone No More.


Image caption Another Level members, , Dane Bowers, Bobak Kianoush, Wayne Williams and Mark Baron

It debuted at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart and number one on the UK Dance Singles Chart.

This one…. we don’t think a case of just slipping Jigga’s mind. Hope the boys aren’t hurt.

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