Jay Z Officially Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame
    • WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017

    • Posted by: Katie Pedernera

    The Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded to honor artists whose work represents a spectrum of the most admired songs and albums. It celebrates established songwriters and the hard work they have put in to make their art successful. The artists who are considered have enriched the word's culture with their songwriting and music. Inductees include Freddie Mercury, Marvin Gaye, Elton John, and Bob Dylan. Joining the hall of fame is a great deal because you go down in history as an innovator of your time. No rapper has ever fit the bill... Until now.

    Jay Z is the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is known as one of the best selling musicians of all time. Rap music being apart of the Songwriters Hall of Fame is important. For future artists that have been inspired by Jay Z, especially in the Brooklyn area, he opened a whole new door.

    As a Jay Z fan personally, I am proud to see him receive this honor but also question, "why him" over his successful influencer, Notorious B.I.G. Biggie has his own cool swagger with smart technique in sound design and even smarter lyrics. He is one of Jay's heroes because he was the voice of his generation. If you were wondering why Biggie wasn't inducted, it's simply because he isn't eligible until 2019. Jay Z has been writing hit tracks for the last 20 years; allowing him to play on every radio station and reach an audience outside of the rap genre.

    Reaching commercial success has been hard for rappers and hip-hop artists pre-internet days, but he molded himself into a businessman mogul and investor. He started his own record company, started his own club, bought a successful basketball team, married Beyonce, and started his own sports agency. The man is everywhere.

    Whether it's Jay Z or someone else, it has taken some time for rap and hip-hop to be properly recognized. But 2017 is the year where the genre will get the recognition it deserves.

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