“The more space I get the better I write – whenever I write. But if ever I write, I need the space to say whatever I like.”

Jay Z became the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame Wednesday (Feb. 22), cementing his legacy as one of the most versatile and skillful lyricists of all time.

Every year, a select group of artists are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame to “honor and celebrate the legacy of the great songwriters whose work has enriched the world’s culture.”

Jay Z emerged on the scene in 1996 with his debut album Reasonable Doubt, an album that is recognized as a classic due to its descriptive lyrics that capture the essence of life in Brooklyn during the ’90s. Since then, he has established himself as a preeminent figure in music and popular culture.

“By the way, this is a win for US,” Hov wrote on Twitter. “I remember when rap was said to be a fad. We are now alongside some of the greatest writers in history.”

The 2017 class will also include heavyweights such as Barry Gordy, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

The induction ceremony will take place on June 15 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan.

What do you think about Hov’s induction? And what rappers do you think should be included in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in the future? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

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