Jay-Z will be the first rapper to join the Songwriters Hall of Fame

It's another major first for the Brooklyn hip-hop mogul.
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Jay-Z is about to make history as the first rap artist inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Part of the 2017 class that also includes Minnesota's own Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, as well as Motown founder Berry Gordy, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmunds, Max Martin and three members of Chicago, Jay will join over 400 of music's greatest songwriters inducted in the Hall since 1969.

The Hall seems to have been reluctant to let hip-hop enter their names of note, but Jay's tremendous chart success and long-lasting lyrical contributions to the American lexicon can't be denied.

Announced today on CBS This Morning by legendary songwriter Nile Rodgers, the Chic guitarist went on to say that Jay's songwriting has "changed the way that we have fun."

While Jay-Z considers his duet with Alicia Keys, "Empire State of Mind" to be his biggest hit, we'd also like to celebrate him penning "Ya Buggin'," Bugs Bunny's rap song from the Space Jam soundtrack.

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