JAY-Z's Classic Album 'The Blueprint' Will Be Archived In the Library of Congress
The album is among 25 recordings inducted to the National Recording Registry
JAY-Z's classic 2001 album The Blueprint is among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress today. Alongside music from Cyndi Lauper, Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield, Earth Wind & Fire, and more, JAY-Z's 2001 album is the most contemporary album on the 2019 list.
“The National Recording Registry honors the music that enriches our souls, the voices that tell our stories and the sounds that mirror our lives” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden says. “The influence of recorded sound over its nearly 160-year history has been profound and technology has increased its reach and significance exponentially. 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.”
The National Recording Registry now houses 525 recordings in total; Hayden deems the inductees as "aural treasures worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage."
JAY is the ninth hip-hop inductee to the National Recording Registry; others include Public Enemy's Fear of a Black Planet and 2Pac's "Dear Mama," among others.