The Library of Congress –America’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world–announced Wednesday that JAY-Z’s iconic album The Blueprint will be archived in the National Recording Registry.
Since the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, 25 sound recordings that are at least 10 years old and “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” are selected annually, according to the institution’s website.
“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 stated in a press release. “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 Blueprint is the Brooklyn rapper’s sixth studio album and was released on Sept. 11, 2001, the same day as the 9/11 attacks that caused the collapse of New York’s Twin Towers. It was later certified double platinum by the RIAA. Music critics consider the 13-track album one of JAY-Z’s best projects in addition to being one of the greatest rap albums of all time.
Other albums being added to the registry this year include Curtis Mayfield’s classic 1972 Superfly soundtrack and Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 chart-topper, She’s So Unusual. Along with the full-length albums, songs including Earth, Wind & Fire’s timeless hit “September;” disco legend Sylvester’s “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real);” and Ritchie Valens’s “La Bamba” will also be added.
This year’s inductions will bring the National Recording Registry’s total number of recordings to 525.
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