Jay Z Is The First Rapper Ever Inducted Into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Jay Z got 99 problems but songwriting ain't one.

After 40 years, the Songwriters Hall of Fame is recognizing rap as a legitimate art. They chose to induct Jay Z into the SongHall, the first rapper ever to receive the honor. They credit Jay Z for having “dominated an evolution in popular culture.” They also make light of Hov's impressive history – he holds the record for most solo No. 1 albums at 13.

Joining him is Max Martin, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and Robert Lamm, James Pankow, and Peter Cetera of Chicago (Madonna, George Michael, Bryan Adams, Kool & the Gang, and more were nominated this year not chosen). Songwriters become eligible for induction after having a songwriting career of at least 20 years.

Congrats, Jay!

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