Jay Z is making history again! The Brooklyn-bred rapper will become the first MC ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The Songwriters Hall announced Wednesday morning that Jay along with songwriting heavyweights including Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Max Martin and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, will all be inducted during the organization’s 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner this June. Motown founder Berry Gordy, who deferred his induction in 2016 will also be part of its 2017 class.
Jay, whose real name is Shawn Carter, is the first rapper to ever be nominated, and he expressed his gratitude on social media.
“By the way, this is a win for US,” he said on his Twitter account. “I remember when rap was said to be a fad. We are now alongside some of the greatest writers in history.”
Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years. Jay, 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.”
But, hip hop isn’t the only field he’s mastered. The rap genius has had success with several business ventures and recently announced that he’s launching his own Venture Capitol Fund.
According to Axios’ Dan Primack, the rapper and music mogul is launching a VC fund along with Roc Nation President Jay Brown. Carter and Brown’s fund will focus on seed-stage companies, but the fund size hasn’t yet been confirmed.
Who’s Really Delusional? Charlamagne Can’t Quite Comprehend Amara La Negra’s Colorism Issues
This is uncomfortable to watch.
Love & Hip Hop Miami star Amara La Negra stopped by The Breakfast Club for a chat about her life, career and experience with colorism. Unfortunately, the interview started of awkwardly when Charlamagne’s first questions was, “What are you?” You see, for whatever reason, the radio host was confused about La Negra’s Afro-Latina heritage. And while there’s nothing wrong with an honesty inquiry, it was the way he asked the question that was off-putting. But, it didn’t stop there.
Charlamange, along to co-host, DJ Envy, repeatedly asked the reality star what was her “struggle”, ignorantly assuming that colorism isn’t a thing anymore because of all the advancements in the entertainment industry that have occurred. Yet, and still, you don’t see artist of Amara’s hue celebrated on any Latina platform such as Univision or Telemundo. The host, with the exception of Angela Yee, then proceeded to deduce Amara’s issue to being a problem that’s “all in (her) head”, even referencing the success of Cardi B. as evidence of La Negra’s delusion. You have to watch this to believe it…
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