Jay Z To Become First Rapper Inducted Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame
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.