JAY-Z’s The Blueprint to be added to Library of Congress archives

Some joints by Nina Simone and Curtis Mayfield also were inducted.

March 20, 2019
JAY-Z’s <i>The Blueprint</i> to be added to Library of Congress archives Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for The Reform Alliance

JAY-Z's iconic 2001 album The Blueprint will be added to the National Library of Congress' archives, Pitchfork points out. Curtis Mayfield's 1972 record Supalfy and Nina Simone's "Mississippi Goddamn" will also be inducted into the archives, the National Recording Registry announced on Wednesday.

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Blueprint is JAY's sixth studio album and is widely regarded as one of his best works. The full-length also notably marks some of Kanye West and Just Blaze's first breakout production credits. West produced four cuts on the project including "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" which became JAY's first top ten single as a lead artist, while Just Blaze produced the Grammy-nominated "Song Cry" among others.

JAY-Z’s The Blueprint to be added to Library of Congress archives