Jay Z has made history after his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday, becoming the first hip hop star to ever to be so honoured.
Joining the ranks of such past inductees as John Lennon, Ira Gershwin and Elton John, the rapper/impresario is once again blazing trails as he’s recognized for his explosive, continually relevant lyrics.
Responding to his induction, a number of Jay Z’s contemporaries in the music industry praised him via statements posted to the Tidal website.
Among them: U2 frontman Bono, who describes Jay Z as “archangel of hip,” adding that his “lyrics and music touch every emotion: rage, love, sadness, joy and tragedy… A true artist that follows Miles Davis’ definition of a true artist, ‘It’s not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change.’”
Also paying tribute are uber-producer Quincy Jones, Rakim, Nicki Minaj, Andre 3000, Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Chance the Rapper, Common and Chuck D, with the Public Enemy co-founder noting: “His execution is bionic but his fuel is his word design, wit, and humour.”
In addition to those names, rocker Jon Bon Jovi added his two cents, writing in all caps: “WHAT TOOK SO F**KING LONG?”
Jay Z himself took to Twitter to offer his own tribute to those artists who have inspired him, serving up a lengthy list in multiple tweets (including a few not highlighted here thanks to some NSFW language along the way).
He ended his Tweet storm by offering thanks, saluting “anybody who made a song to feed their family or just vent.”