Jay Z Set To Become The First Rapper Inducted Into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame
The first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame is hip-hop artist Jay Z, who will enter the notable organization in June.
The announcement came today along with other songwriting stars such as Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Max Martin and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, who will be part of the 2017 class. The organization’s 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner also takes place in New York on June 15.
“With our 2017 roster of inductees, the Songwriters Hall of Fame moves definitively into recognizing music creators of the 21st century while continuing to honor the greats of earlier decades. The combination of contemporary sounds and timeless hits of the past is certain to make for an unforgettable evening,” said Hall co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and President Linda Moran according to Billboard. “The songwriters we honor cross genre, regional and even national boundaries – R & B, Rap, Pop and Rock & Roll from both coasts, the American heartland and Sweden. We are thrilled to once more have the opportunity to preside over an event that recognizes the convergence of song craft and musical performance at the very highest level.”
Jay Z was eligible for induction after over 20 years of writing hit songs. Since his debut album “Reasonable Doubt” in 1996, he launched multiple hits from “Big Pimpin” to “Empire State Of Mind.” His work over the years weren’t as great as before, however, they still impact the next generation of hip-hop artists.