No matter how you may feel about JAY-Z, you can’t deny the impact he has had throughout his nearly three decades in not only Hip-Hop, but all of music. With his latest accolade of his sixth solo album, The Blueprint, being inducted into the National Recording Registry of The Library Of Congress the latest case in point.
Announced earlier today, the album being archived into the Library of Congress is due to it being an aural treasure worthy of preservation because of it’s cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage.
Noted by most as JAY’s best work in his storied catalog, the critically-acclaimed album was released on September 11, 2001 and has been crowned as one of the best efforts in all of his catalog. No matter if you rank it 1, 2 or wherever else you rank it in the emcees catalog though, you can’t deny it’s impact it had from the day it dropped, even till this very day and why this honor is very much deserved.
With the honor, JAY-Z also becomes just the fourth Hip-Hop act to do so. Joining fellow Hip-Hop legends N.W.A., Run-DMC and De La Soul, who had their albums, Straight Outta Compton, Raising Hell and 3 Feet High and Rising, archived. He is also the first solo rap act to be archived.