First Rapper To Be Inducted Into The Hall Of Fame: Jay-Z

This year the inductees of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame include Jay-Z, Jimmy Jam’s songwriting and production team and Terry Lewis, receiving the honor on the 15th of June at the Songwriter’s hall of fame’s 48th Annual Inductions and Awards.


This will be the first time in history that a rapper will be inducted. Among the other honorees are consist of three people from the Rock and Roll hall of Fame group from Chicago; Robert Lamm, Peter Cetera and James Pankow, also the founder of Motown Berry Gordy, who deferred his induction of 2016, and Swedish producer/songwriter Max Martin, who has written Billboard number one hits than anyone else except for the likes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon, for artists such as The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and NSYNC.

The chairs from the organization Leon Huff and Kenneth Gamble as well as Linda Moran said in a statement: 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 combination of contemporary sounds and timeless hits of the past is certain to make for an unforgettable evening.”

Jay-Z has not only been inducted for his songwriting for other artists but for his own work too. With his own music such as his singles, “Never Keeping Secrets” and “When Can I See You” and songs that he wrote for the likes of Madonna, Whitney Houston, Eric Clapton, Micheal Jackson, Boyz II men, Beyonce and many more.

Tim Lewis and Jimmy Jam currently have more Billboard number one hits than any other production and songwriting team ever. Initially beginning with Prince’s apprentice group ‘The Time’, they continued writing and producing for some of today’s most renowned artists such as Kanye West, Beyonce, Janet and Micheal Jackson, Mariah Carey, Kedrick Lamar among many others. The organization requires at least twenty years of credits in writing before they can be inducted. Jay-Z released his first album in 1996, Reasonable Doubt.