Songs by rapper Jay-Z are now categorized as “culturally important,” as they’ve just been inducted into The Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
Jay-Z’s songs, along with music by Cyndi Lauper and Robert F. Kennedy, are now a part of the 25 recordings added to the National Recording Registry. The Library of Congress announced on Wednesday that “La Bamba,” ”Gunsmoke” and “Hair” are some of the titles tapped for preservation this year. Others like Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline, “Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” and Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man” Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly,” Lauper’s “She’s So Unusual” and Jay-Z’s “Blueprint” album will also be added.
In addition, The Recording Registry is also welcoming classic pieces like Nina Simon’s “Mississippi Goddam,” Sylvester’s “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” and “Schoolhouse Rock!”
The library decides what songs to preserve because of their cultural and historic influence and importance to American society.