State Property‘s Freeway is officially a part of music history. The hip-hop veteran has saluted longtime mentor and former Roc-A-Fella Records labelmate JAY-Z on his The Blueprint album getting archived in the Library of Congress.
Free hit up Instagram Wednesday to reflect on Young Hov’s latest career achievement.
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On Wednesday, the Library of Congress announced JAY’s legendary album will be inducted into the National Recording Registry.
Each year, the registry selects 25 recordings that are at least 10 years old and are deemed as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the National Recording Preservation Board. This year’s additions bring the total number of recordings in the registry to 525. Other albums added to the registry this year include Cyndi Lauper’s hit 1983 album She’s So Unusual and Curtis Mayfield’s classic 1972 blaxploitation soundtrack Superfly. (SPIN)
Additional inductees include music gamechangers like Curtis Mayfield and Nina Simone.
The rap legend’s album is among 25 records to be inducted, alongside music from Earth, Wind, & Fire (“September”), Nina Simone (“Mississippi Goddam”), Curtis Mayfield (“Super Fly”), Cyndi Lauper’s “She’s So Unusual,” and an excerpt from president Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 speech where he announced the death of Martin Luther King Jr. (Okayplayer)
JAY’s epic LP features key production from game-changing producers like Kanye West and Just Blaze.
Blueprint is JAY’s sixth studio album and is widely regarded as one of his best works. The full-length also notably marks some of Kanye West and Just Blaze’s first breakout production credits. West produced four cuts on the project including “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” which became JAY’s first top ten single as a lead artist, while Just Blaze produced the Grammy-nominated “Song Cry” among others. (The FADER)