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After 48 Years Jay Z becomes the First Rap Writer to be Inducted to the Prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame!

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In a bid to honor any artist whose work represents a spectrum of the most beloved songs from the world’s popular music songbook, the Songwriters Hall of Fame was established in 1969, by songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond. This has since then become a leading destination for music industry professionals and researchers, along with popular music fans.

Each year this organization inducts a slate of songwriters who have provided the world with the words and music that form the soundtrack of our lives. And for the first time in 48 years, a rap writer Jay Z was inducted to this prestigious list!

Also being inducted this year are hit maker Max Martin, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis of The Time, Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera of Chicago, and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.

When asked why it took so long to recognize a rapper, producer Nile Rodgers said,

Jay Z was in a space where, even though he’s had more pop albums than anyone else because he did it through rap, which isn’t considered part of the normal pop music scene.”

8 Comments

  1. Ajao adetomi deborah

    February 23, 2017 at 3:11 am

    His got it and he made it tombs up

  2. Fred

    February 23, 2017 at 7:25 am

    God please bring back our 2pac take all this fake niggaz away… The black don’t need them,, they are not contributing anything to our society unlike makarveli.. Oh where are u par? ,,… u sang life into our lives…. Wherever u are,, we want you to know that we love and appreciate u 4 everything you ve done… U represent the whole world…

  3. Fred

    February 23, 2017 at 7:27 am

    God please bring back our 2pac take all this fake niggaz away… The black don’t need them,, they are not contributing anything to our society unlike makarveli.. Oh where are u pac? ,,… u sang life into our lives…. Wherever u are,, we want you to know that we love and appreciate u 4 everything you ve done… U represent the whole world…

  4. Nonso

    February 23, 2017 at 9:03 am

    #Legend

  5. Prince

    February 23, 2017 at 10:41 am

    The Carters are LEGEND.

  6. Bella

    February 23, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Congrats to my Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. Well deserved.. As for Mr Carter, your hustle has paid off, He is after all the Don of Rap.

  7. Tosin

    February 23, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    If Babyface is just getting on the list this year, who was on the list before? Sounds like a stupid know-nothing hall of fame to me.

    • tunmi

      February 23, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      I had to reread that. Na now una dey recognize Babyface

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