Jay Z becomes First Rapper in the Songwriters Hall of Fame
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Today, Jay Z becomes the first rapper to be inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame will honor a rapper for the first, on the occasion of the ceremony that will take place today, on June 15 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan.
It has been declared in February, when the Hall of Fame’s co-chairs, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, along with its president, Linda Moran, said that with its new class, the organization
“moves definitively into recognizing music creators of the 21st century while continuing to honor the greats of earlier decades.”
“The songwriters we honor cross genre, regional and even national boundaries — R&B, rap, pop and rock ’n’ roll from both coasts, the American heartland and Sweden.”
Jay Z commented via Twitter
“By the way, this is a win for US,” he wrote. “I remember when rap was said to be a fad. We are now alongside some of the greatest writers in history.”
Jay Z celebrated his induction by creating an exclusive Tidal playlist.
The Brooklyn rhymer selected 15 tracks to highlight some of the hip-hop artists he believes should also be in the Hall of Fame.
The song selections include cuts by OutKast, Eminem and Lauryn Hill (each have two songs featured on the playlist.), N.W.A, Eric B. and Rakim, Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Nas, Tupac, Mos Def, The Notorious B.I.G. and Kanye West.