Jay Z Inducted As First Rapper In The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Jay Z was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame during a ceremony at NYC’s Marriott Marquis Hotel tonight, making him the first rapper ever to be inducted into the New York-based institution. In celebration, Tidal put up a page featuring tributes from artists like Timbaland, Pharrell, Jon Bon Jovi, Bono, Rakim, and more, and Jay Z has been tweeting out thanks to the many, many people who inspired him. See Jay’s tweets and a few of those tributes below.

Timbaland:

Jay Z not only changed music by making rap pop culture but may very well be the most influential rap artist in music due to his indelible impact on our industry by changing the model of our business.

Pharrell:

Calling him a rapper puts him in a box. In referring to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and in reference to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame would imply that there were others before him that were like him. Shawn Carter’s a mystic, and he’s a one of one…none before him and none to come.

Jon Bon Jovi:

JAY Z IS BEING INDUCTED INTO THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME? WHAT TOOK SO FUCKING LONG?

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