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Jay Z Becomes First Rapper Named To Songwriters Hall Of Fame

By: Greg Sacidor

There may be no love in the city, but there is certainly love for Jay Z in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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For most of his career Shawn “Jay Z’ Carter has been associated with three letters – HOV. But now another three letters will help define the legendary rapper’s legacy – H.O.F. On Wednesday (February 22), Jay Z was among the nine songwriters selected to be a part of the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s class of 2017, becoming the first rapper ever selected to the hall.

A 21-time Grammy Award winner, Jay Z has “changed the way that we listen to music,” according to guitarist Nile Rodgers, who announced the inductees live on CBS This Morning. “He’s changed the way that we have fun.”

Jay Z’s career has spanned the course of more than two decades. In 1996, he released his platinum-certified debut album Reasonable Doubt. It featured tracks such as “Can’t Knock The Hustle,” “Brooklyn’s Finest” and “Feelin It.” It also featured guest appearances from artists such as Mary J. Blige and The Notorious B.I.G.

Since then, Jay Z has been responsible for a large number of hits including, “’03 Bonnie & Clyde,” “99 Problems,”  “Empire State of Mind,” “Otis,” “Umbrella” and many many more.

Other songwriters who will make up the class of 2017 include Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera of Chicago and Max Martin, who has written a slew of hit songs like “22” and “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift, “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry and “Everybody” by the Backstreet Boys, just to name a few.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place June 15 in New York.

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