Jay-Z does nothing by half and his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame The class of 2021 is already looking on the mark. His selection for the Inductee Show is bold and distinctive, just like the man himself.
HOV’s inclusion in the legendary Cleveland-based museum was announced in May. The ceremony is scheduled to take place on October 30 in Cleveland. Jay-Z will be inducted alongside The Go-Go’s, Tina Turner, Carole King, Foo Fighters and Todd Rundgren, as well as Specialty Award winners Kraftwerk, Charley Patton, Gil Scott-Heron, LL Cool J, Billy Preston, Randy Rhoads, and Clarence Avant.
Jay-Z chose just one item to represent him in the annual Inductees’ Exhibition, the exhibition where artists present artefacts from their careers. Inductees often opt for iconic instruments or stage outfits, but the boss of Roc Nation picked something a little different.
The legendary rapper loaned the museum a 72-inch by 96-inch oil portrait of New Orleans artist Jerin “Jerk” Beasley titled “Tree of Life.”
“We sent photos of what we have done in the past and Jay-Z’s team shared their interpretation of his success and what it means to him,” said Nwaka Onwusa, vice president and curator in head of Rock Hall. “It’s so in keeping with who he is now, and his fans will appreciate and understand that. Music is art and art is music in a way. You can’t get to Jean-Michel Basquiat without talking about Charlie. Parker, for example.
The artist shared a video showing the making of the piece with the caption “The Growing Process of” Jay-Z Tree of Life “painting.