Jay Z is calling his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame a win for rap music and hip hop fans agrees with him.
The rap legend was named one of this year’s inductees into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame, making him the first rapper in history to be recognized for their songwriting skills. There are some other big names who are getting inducted this year including Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Max Martin, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Peter Cetera, Robert Lamm, and James Pankow.
Jay Z reacted to the news on his official Twitter page telling his fans that this is a win for all of us. “By the way, this is a win for US,” Hov wrote. “I remember when rap was said to be a fad. We are now alongside some of the greatest writers in history.” The official Twitter page for TIDAL also congratulated Hov on the honor. “Congratulations to @S_C_, the first rapper to be inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall Of Fame. #SHOF2017,” TIDAL reps tweeted.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame President Linda Moran and co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff issued a joint statement (Via NY Times). marking the occasion for this years SHOF event.
“With our 2017 roster of inductees, the Songwriters Hall of Fame moves definitively into recognizing music creators of the 21st century while continuing to honor the greats of earlier decades,” the statement reads. “The combination of contemporary sounds and timeless hits of the past is certain to make for an unforgettable evening. The songwriters we honor cross genres, regional and even national boundaries – R&B, Rap, Pop and Rock & Roll from both coasts, the American heartland and Sweden. We are thrilled to once more have the opportunity to preside over an event that recognizes the convergence of song craft and musical performance at the very highest level.”
This certainly opens the doors for other great rappers past and present to receive the prestigious honor.
By the way, this is a win for US. I remember when rap was said to be a fad . We are now alongside some of the greatest writers in history.
— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) February 22, 2017
— TIDAL (@TIDAL) February 22, 2017