Jay Z Creates A Playlist Of MCs Who Should Join Him In The Songwriters Hall Of Fame (Audio)

Yesterday (February 22), Jay Z made history, again, by becoming the first Hip-Hop artist chosen to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. As one of the most successful and prolific MCs of all-time, with 21 Grammys, 100 million records sold and 13 number one albums under his belt, over a 20-year career, the decision to lead with the artist born Shawn Carter was certainly credible and defensible. But, as with all matters of this ilk, it did not come without controversy and clamoring that others should have been chosen over Jay Z, or at least before him.

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Jay Z was quick to address the matter, sending a rare tweet, where he said “By the way, this is a win for US. I remember when rap was said to be a fad . We are now alongside some of the greatest writers in history.” Though brief, Jay’s statement was a clear indication of his awareness that, even though he was appreciative of the honor, many MCs are deserving to be in the Songwriters Hall of Fame with him.

Today, Carter takes that sentiment one step further, by specifying exactly who he thinks is deserving of being in the SHOF with him, and he does so with music, rather than words. Leveraging his TIDAL digital music service, Jay curated a playlist of his Songwriters Hall of Fame MCs. In doing so, he includes predecessors and peers, as well as some who came after him.

Clearly a true music lover, Jay Z’ playlist is incredibly diverse. He gives recognition to pioneers like Grandmaster Melle Mel, Rakim, N.W.A. and Chuck D. Of his peers, Jay celebrates Nas, OutKast, Biggie, Tupac, Eminem and Mos Def. In a strong move, he also shows Hip-Hop is a gender-neutral art form, an oft-overlooked fact, by featuring Lauryn Hill on the playlist. Not surprisingly, Jay also includes Kanye West, a man with whom his career has been intertwined for many years.

The entire playlist can be viewed at TIDAL. For those who don’t subscribe to the service, here is a YouTube re-creation:

This continues what has been a big news week for Jay Z. Earlier in the week, it also broke that he and his business partner Jay Brown will be creating a venture capital fund to invest in early stage businesses. He continues to expand his empire, both artistically and financially