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Jay-Z Becomes First Rapper Ever to Receive Prestigious Honor

By: Kyle McCann

February 22, 2017

Not to make ya'll feel old, but Jay-Z dropped Reasonable Doubt some 20 years ago. Two decades later, Hov's making history by becomming the first rapper ever to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

It takes 20 years of writing hit songs to be considered for the highest honor a songwriter can receive. And now, in his first shot at being considered, Hov is set to join the likes of Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Bruce Springsteen, and Michael Jackson.

Years of penning hits like "Empire State of Mind," "99 Problems," "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)," "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," and "03 Bonnie & Clyde" (with wife Beyoncé) have finally given Jay-Z an honor no other rapper has ever received. Shawn Carter will join fellow 2017 inductees Max Martin, who has written hits for Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Ariana Grande; Babyface; Motown founder Berry Gordy; Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis; as well as members of the band Chicago.  


While announcing Jay's pending induction, Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers said the 21-time Grammy winner "has changed the way we listen to music. He's changed the way that we have fun." The 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will be held in Jay-Z's hometown of New York City on June 15.

2017 is turning out to be a pretty good year for the Carter family. Jay-Z's honor comes just weeks after he and Beyoncé announced that they're expecting twins. So, maybe this is the year Jay & Bey officially take over the world!