Jay Z Becomes First Rapper In The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Feb 23 2017

Jay Z is known to always win at life and today is no different. Jay Z has become the first rapper to be inducted into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Hov will become the first rapper to join the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2017. He will be joined at the June 15 induction ceremony by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Chicago’s Robert Lamm, James Pankow and ex-band member Peter Cetera and Max Martin. Motown founder Berry Gordy, who was a member of the class of 2016, will also be inducted since he was unable to attend last year’s celebration.

Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years. Jay Z, who released his debut album Reasonable Doubt in 1996, has launched multiple hits in the last two decades, from “Big Pimpin’” to “Empire State of Mind.” Worth mentioning, 1996 is the same year that fellow superstar rapper, Eminem, released his first album, so the two are both newly eligible with Jay Z getting the nod this year.

Jay Z – Big Pimpin Ft. UGK (Official Video)


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