Rap artists are finally getting the props they deserve as songwriters, hip hop heads will be glad to hear. New just in says Jay Z is in line to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame when the time comes for new entrants to be feted in June. This is the first time a rapper is receiving this honor so yes, it is a historical moment. Jigga may not be your in your G.O.A.T list, but he has achieved something special here, according hip hop the place it deserves after decades of influence over pop culture.
It appears Freddo Starr of legendary rap crew Onyx was onto something when he described Jay Z as a “master of the flow”. I first started getting into the works of Shawn Carter when he dropped his third album, ‘Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life’. It was nigh impossible for anyone with a thing for hip hop to resist the lazy drum beat and laid-back delivery on the title track. Or the insane bass and quick-fire flow on ‘N*gga What, N*gga Who’. Virtually the whole album was packed full of hit singles. I stuck with him through the slightly less popular Volume 3, but lost track somewhere in the ‘Blueprints’. However, all through to his latest release, 2013’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’, Jay Z has proved consistent in his mastery of the genre.
This is why it’s no surprise that he has finally been recognized. But Hov is not alone; he is but one of a class of inductees that includes Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Peter Cetera of rock band Chicago and R&B maestro Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds. Not bad company to wind up in after a glittering career in rap. However, I have a feeling there’s a Jay Z fan or two out there who would prefer a new album.
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