Jay-Z’s ‘The Blueprint’ Inducted Into National Recording Registry

Jay-Z’s ‘The Blueprint’ Inducted Into National Recording Registry

March 21, 2019

Jay-Z‘s 2001 album The Blueprint has been inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress along with 24 other recordings.

The Library named 25 audio recordings to be inducted to the Registry, a compendium of sound recordings deemed representative of America’s artistic, cultural and historic treasures.

The recordings include Curtis Mayfield‘s Super Fly, Cyndi Lauper‘s She’s So Unusual, and The Best of Schoolhouse Rock.

Singles by acts such as Cab Calloway, Nina Simone, Earth, Wind & Fire, Ritchie Valens, and Neil Diamond were also chosen for preservation.

“The National Recording Registry honors the music that enriches our souls, the voices that tell our stories and the sounds that mirror our lives” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.

“The influence of recorded sound over its nearly 160-year history has been profound and technology has increased its reach and significance exponentially,” She added. “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 registry is also adding Robert F. Kennedy‘s recorded speech after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s 1968 assassination.

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