This accomplishment has taken quite some time to become possible for rappers, particularly as indicated by BBC, a musician is qualified for enlistment into the songwriters hall of fame after composing hit tracks for two decades.
The rap legend tweeted saying it’s a win for all rappers:
The 21-time Grammy winner “was in a space where, even though he’s had more pop albums than anyone else, because he did it through rap,” it took longer for traditional voters to consider him, said Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers, who announced the inductees on CBS This Morning. “It’s massive. He has changed the way that we listen to music. He’s changed the way that we have fun.”
Jay Z now takes his place alongside past inductees and legends such as Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye and Boys II Men among many others.
Other songwriters to be inducted this year include Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Robert Lamm, James Pankow & Peter Cetera (of Chicago) and the man who gave us the Britney Spears masterpiece “… Baby One More Time,” Max Martin.
The Hall’s 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place June 15 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.