13 No. 1 albums in a row, 21 Grammys ("I'm a Savage"), and now the first rapper inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. With all of this winning, don't try to slow him down.
The 2017 inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame were announced this morning (February 22) with Jay Z, who is now the first rapper to be inducted in the Hall, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, hitmaker Max Martin, and Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera of "Chicago."
According to Nile Rodgers, who announced the inductees on CBS This Morning, Jay "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." In describing the Roc mogul's contributions to music, Rodgers called it "massive."
"He has changed the way that we listen to music. He's changed the way that we have fun."
The induction for Marcy's favorite son couldn't have been well deserved, considering the fact that he is the author and architect of The Blueprint, whose verses permanently tattooed serve as mementos that have all helped turn the man to a G.O.A.T — all lyrics from throughout his catalog. While standout tracks in his discography include "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)," "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)," "03 Bonnie & Clyde," "Encore," and "Empire State of Mind" to name a few, a bulk of Jigga's best work lie in the deep cuts within his catalog. For further proof, see below.
The Hall's 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place June 5 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Additional special award honorees will also be soon announced.