Hov is making history.
JAY-Z‘s sixth studio album, The Blueprint is slated to be inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
The rap legend’s album is among 25 records to be inducted, alongside music from Earth, Wind, & Fire (“September”), Nina Simone (“Mississippi Goddam”), Curtis Mayfield (“Super Fly”), Cyndi Lauper’s “She’s So Unusual,” and an excerpt from president Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 speech where he announced the death of Martin Luther King Jr.
The Library’s National Recording Preservation Board selects 25 titles every year for their cultural and artistic significance and influence.
“The National Recording Registry honors the music that enriches our souls, the voices that tell our stories and the sounds that mirror our lives” Carla Hayden of the Librarian of Congress said in a statement according to Variety. “The influence of recorded sound over its nearly 160-year history has been profound and technology has increased its reach and significance exponentially. The Library of Congress and its many collaborators are working to preserve these sounds and moments in time, which reflect our past, present and future.”
Hov released The Blueprint, the first of its three-part series, on September 11, 2001. Despite its release during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, sold 427,000 units in its opening week, and went on to be certified platinum by the RIAA.
JAY-Z was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June 2017.
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