Jay Z, “Schoolhouse Rock,” Cyndi Lauper Inducted Into Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry
Jay Z certainly has more than the keys – he holds the blueprint for success! Several audio works from every genre are added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry every year, which are recognized as “vital to [the] nation’s audio legacy.” This year Jay Z’s “The Blueprint” album is one of those notable recordings – and he’s in good company! This year’s inductees also include singer Cyndi Lauper, soundtracks from classic scholastic Saturday morning cartoon series “Schoolhouse Rock” and Broadway’s “Hair,” and Cab Calloway.
Congress librarian Carla Hayden said this of honoring this year’s inductees:
“The National Recording Registry honors the music that enriches our souls, the voices that tell our stories, and the sounds that mirror our lives. 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.”
Despite being released on one of the nation’s most tragic dates – September 11, 2001 – “The Blueprint” went #1 on the Billboard charts, and eventually went double-platinum. Spawning hit singles like “Izzo,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and “Song Cry,” Jay Z’s sixth album influence also solidified him as a master lyricist, inspiring albums like Nicki Minaj‘s “The Pink Print.” But, it’s massive success didn’t come without controversy. The song “Takeover” marked the beginning of a years-long explosive beef with rapper Nas. Jay Z later released two more “Blueprint” albums as a three-part saga, including a compilation album called, “2.1” and an “MTV Unplugged” live version.
Congratulations, Jay Z!
Written by Miata Shanay