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Jay Z To Be the First Rapper In the Songwriters Hall Of Fame

The New York Times – The Brooklyn M.C. born Shawn Carter, known for hits like “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),” “Big Pimpin’,” “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” and “Empire State of Mind,” headlines an induction group this year that also includes Kenneth Edmonds (best known as Babyface); the R&B producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis; the Top 40 maestro Max Martin; and the band Chicago’s chief songwriters, Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera.

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