Jay-Z's iconic album The Blueprint will soon be enshrined in the Library of Congress.
According to the library, every year its Recording Registry curates a diverse selection of music and audio it believes has essential historical and cultural significance to American society. The Blueprint was announced as meeting that criteria on Wednesday, reports The Associated Press.
“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 Carla Hayden said 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.”
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The Blueprint was released on September 11, 2001, the same day of the Twin Towers terrorist attack in New York. Despite Americans grieving the tragedy, The Blueprint still sold over 2 million units and went double platinum.
The Blueprint isn’t the only contribution from the culture set to be protected by the Library of Congress this year.
Earth, Wind and Fire’s cookout staple “September” is also going into the registry, reports NPR.
Nina Simone’s powerful protest song "Mississippi Goddam," her emotional response to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing and the assassination of activist Medgar Evers, is also being included.
Curtis Mayfield’s "Super Fly" will also join the ranks along with “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" from Black LGBTQ icon Sylvester.
The Library of Congress began collecting works for the registry in 2002. The entries must be at least 10 years old to be considered.
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