Afrika Bambaataa

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2005 (The 2006 Induction Ceremony)

Nominated in: 2008   

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?


Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2016 (ranked #243) .


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Zulu Nation Throwdown (1980)
Planet Rock (1982)

Afrika Bambaataa @ Wikipedia

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Will Afrika Bambaataa be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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Makes the connection between the "put your hands in the air/wave em like you just don't care" rap and the electronica of Kraftwerk. All modern day hip hop owes a lot.

Posted by JAck on Monday, 02.5.07 @ 12:33pm


Makes the connection between the "put your hands in the air/wave em like you just don't care" rap and the electronica of Kraftwerk. All modern day hip hop owes a lot.

Posted by JAck on Monday, 02.5.07 @ 12:34pm


IF Grandmaster Flash is in there is no reason for Afrika Bambaataa not to be in.He was great. Let hm be the second rap act in the hall

Posted by roméo on Sunday, 03.4.07 @ 11:34am


At the same time that the Furious Five was transforming hip-hop from simply party music to something more socially conscious, Bambaataa was moving the music into the future, one steel wheel at a time. Whether it be futuristic ("Planet Rock") or just plain hyperactive ("Looking for the Perfect Beat," "Jazzy Sensation," his "Unity" single with James Brown), his sound was mighty and muscular and best played loud. The auto electronics industry owes him bigtime because he was one of hip-hop's first reasons to pump up the volume while driving ...

Posted by Franorama on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 01:08am


All the reasons above are good, also he was part of the first rap/rock collaboration, Time Zone with John Lydon of The Sex Pistols and PiL.

Posted by Kit on Monday, 04.2.07 @ 12:03pm


I'd enjoy seeing him in if for no other reason than he strove to market positive messages with his brand of rap. A virtuous choice and more ambitious and intelligent than the trite, lazy, crotch grabbing, thug/"my money an' my hos" crap. Makes me admire the likes of Afrika, Fugees, Arrested Development and De La Soul even more than on their basic talents alone.

Posted by shawn on Monday, 08.27.07 @ 16:37pm


gosh, anon, i know its hard for you to grasp the concept that some artists, genres even, weren't influenced by Rush.

Posted by liam on Monday, 10.8.07 @ 13:02pm


ONE THING THATALL PEOPLE FORGET IS THAT AFRIKA BAMBAATAA IS THE ONE WHO NAME HIP HOP AS A CULTURE,WHO GAVE ITS NAME THE 5 ELEMENTS,WHO GAVE US ELECTRO FUNK,HIP HOUSE,WHO BROUGHT PEOPLE OF ALL RACES TOGETHER THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WITH HIS UNIVERSAL ZULU NATION, WHICH IS THE OLDEST AND RESPECTED HIP HOP ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD, WHO FIRST STARTED DOING DUETS WITH MANY OTHER ARTIST OUTSIDE OF HIP HOP AND YES MADE THE FIRST HIP HOP MEETS ROCK WAY BEFORE RUN DMCS WALK THIS WAY WITH WORLD DESTRUCTION WITH JOHNNY ROTTEN FROM THE SEX PISTOLS.

Posted by JamesRoberts on Saturday, 10.13.07 @ 01:38am


Afrika Bambaataa should be there along with Grandmaster Flash. Bambaataa have given the planet Hip-Hop since it's birth in the early 70's and as a DJ he has given the people a new way of enjoying music. Using postive music to make positive changes in society. Not only in the streets of the South Bronx, but world wide or if not universally. Give the Amen Ra of Hip-Hop his place at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by TORO on Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 16:29pm


DJ Hero ...

Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 10.31.09 @ 11:20am


Afrika Bambaataa should be inducted soon. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Posted by Matt Love on Monday, 03.22.10 @ 19:08pm


I am 100 percent yes on this one. Realizing that many don't few Hip Hop or ElectroFunk as any sort of Rock sound, i challenge that the idea of Rock and Roll died long ago, and we have a lot of brilliant ideas in its place. Notinhalloffame puts the godfather of Hip Hop at #15 which is a fair number. Rateitall.com puts him a little low, but the Rap question is long over and this man's influence is undeniable. http://www.notinhalloffame.com/news.php

Posted by The_Avenger on Monday, 03.22.10 @ 19:20pm


ROCK ROCK PLANET ROCK PLANET ROCK

Posted by tron on Sunday, 05.2.10 @ 19:07pm


A definite yes. Very influential.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 07.19.10 @ 20:51pm


At the same time that the Furious Five was transforming hip-hop from simply party music to something more socially conscious, Bambaataa was moving the music into the future, one steel wheel at a time. Whether it be futuristic ("Planet Rock") or just plain hyperactive ("Looking for the Perfect Beat," "Jazzy Sensation," his "Unity" single with James Brown), his sound was mighty and muscular and best played loud. The auto electronics industry owes him bigtime because he was one of hip-hop's first reasons to pump up the volume while driving ...

Posted by Agreed on Friday, 09.24.10 @ 21:26pm


Afrika Bambaataa is African American.
Cosimo Matassa is White Italian.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 16:01pm


There is no way in hell that LL and the Beasties get inducted in the RRHOF before Bambaataa, Kool Herc, and Kurtis Blow. These are way more important and legendary figures.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Thursday, 09.30.10 @ 12:21pm


Can I hear a HELL YES! Afrika was among the first to show that rap could be creative and not just a novelty.

If he could just get nominated before Public Enemy become eligible, the voters will put him in. But right now the nominating committee seems to be more interested in pushing LL Cool J down everybody's throat. Sorry, but LL is to hip-hop what Pat Boone was to early rock 'n' roll.

Both Afrika & Eric B & Rakim were early indicators of the creative potential of rap and should be in the hall.

Posted by Mike Scott on Wednesday, 02.2.11 @ 11:54am


Influence: Afrika is a big influenc eon both rap adn electro. 30
Innovation: Basically the father of electro (kraftwerk would be the grandfathers) 30
Commercial Sucess: None really. 0
Critical Respect: Afrika is widely respected by rap critics. 20

80, definetly worthy.

Posted by GFW on Monday, 10.10.11 @ 12:11pm


A bigger omission, not even on this list, is GIL-SCOT HERON

Posted by jb on Monday, 12.9.13 @ 14:19pm


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