Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2016

Inducted by: Kendrick Lamar

Nominated in: 2013   2014   2015   2016

First Eligible: 2013 Ceremony

Inducted Members: DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2014 (ranked #101) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Straight Outta Compton (1988)
Niggaz4Life (1991)

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Fuck Tha Police (1988)
Straight Outta Compton (1988)
Express Yourself (1988)
Gangsta Gangsta (1988)

N.W.A @ Wikipedia

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72 comments so far (post your own)

There's no way you could deny the innovation and influence of this band. The only band whose individual members have sold more solo records is the Beatles. Since the Sex Pistols got in last year, there is no way NWA could not get in now.

Posted by Sneak on Tuesday, 01.2.07 @ 18:51pm

Sneak, is that true? I guess I'd believe it, given the enormous success of Cube and Dre. I gotta look that up.

Posted by Al on Wednesday, 01.24.07 @ 08:24am

Rage Against the Machine had this Renegades of Funk music video which pretty much payed tribute to various early rap acts who played a roll in music and possibly an influence on them...NWA was one of them.

Posted by maplejet on Thursday, 04.5.07 @ 14:46pm

Influence? F-Tha Police! Who was doing gangsta rap and saying things like that before them? N-O-B-O-D-Y!

Posted by Dave on Monday, 08.27.07 @ 04:39am

Guys, guys, calm down. NWA is not a band, so Sneak's comment is technically false. Also, they do not make Rock and Roll music, so their influence is negligible in the context of this discussion, which is inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by Metalsmith on Tuesday, 01.15.08 @ 17:11pm

This is absurd. N.W.A. was a great RAP goup. So go to the RAP HALL OF FAME. RNRHOF needs to get its act together and either induct only rock artists or simply rename itself to the Music Hall of Fame.

Posted by Tom on Thursday, 07.10.08 @ 10:21am

Tom, the rock and roll hall of fame isn't named because they ONLY honor rock artists. it is named to honor those who have had influence on rock and roll, see?

Posted by Justin on Wednesday, 07.15.09 @ 21:52pm

I'm sick and tired of this. Rock and Roll is great music that means something. It doesn't require you play a guitar.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 08.3.09 @ 20:05pm

It's impossible that N.W.A. will get inducted because Eazy-E is still dead.

Posted by Gary on Friday, 08.7.09 @ 16:54pm

Hell Yeah! They had influences on both Hard Rock and Rap music and culture. 1st Ballot

Posted by Reckless on Tuesday, 09.15.09 @ 14:36pm

If shitty RUN DMC is there, NWA also deserves to be inducted.

Posted by LOLUMAD on Sunday, 10.11.09 @ 10:05am

DJ Hero ...

Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 10.31.09 @ 11:19am

Different Sam from the one above. As for the rap question, to get in you have to be really important to it and/or have an influence on rock. I am aware that Sugarhill Gang was one of the first, as was Afrika Bambatta, so yes to them. Yes to Public Enemy, maybe to LL Cool J, and yes to N.W.A. (godfathers of gangsta rap.)

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 03.3.10 @ 21:23pm

Forgot... yes to the Beastie Boys as well. The rest after them still need to build up their credentials. The "to get in you have to be..." bit was just my opinion, and not necessarily how it works.

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 03.4.10 @ 18:52pm

It's impossible that N.W.A. would enter HOF. I mean Eazy-E is still dead, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre have been going solo and some of the other members are missing in action. Also, N.W.A. is not a rock band.

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 06.15.10 @ 21:21pm

"Also, N.W.A. is not a rock band." - Mike

I remember when there was a Mike who was completely clueless. No they're not really rock, but then neither is Johnny Cash, and I don't know anyone who disputes the fact that he was a legendary figure, so they probably agree with me that his induction was the right call.

However, I'm less sure about N.W.A.'s induction now. Yes, they were influential, but Gitarzan and I agreed that rappers should be inducted only if they were influential to rock 'n' roll, and I'm not sure whether gangsta rap is part of that.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 06.20.10 @ 17:42pm

Mike, I think you're an idiot. Just because N.W.A. isn't a rock band doesn't mean they shouldn't be inducted. Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys are also rap and they got inducted into the Hall of Fame. So why not N.W.A.?

Posted by Brett on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 15:43pm

The Beastie Boys aren't in, but they should. They could get in on this try, and if they don't get in this time they will soon.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 10.13.10 @ 16:00pm

It should really be changed to the "Music Hall of Fame" as NWA is most certainly not rock. Ideally, though, rap should have its own H.O.F. just as country music does. I guarantee rap artists/fans would throw a fit if rock n' roll started infringing on their territory.

Posted by Jeff on Wednesday, 11.3.10 @ 15:41pm

Rap is closer to Rock 'n' Roll's original territory than most of the omissions, and Rock varies in it's definition these days... the bastard child of many mothers. They probably a) couldn't think of a better title than "Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame" and b) probably didn't think that there would be so much of a fuss over what that title defines. Yes, it should've been named the "Music Hall of Fame" or something like that, and they're quite rightly treating it as such.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 11.8.10 @ 03:10am


Posted by COLT 45 on Monday, 03.7.11 @ 20:02pm

great rap influence and u cant go wrong with straight outta compton

Posted by Mike on Friday, 03.18.11 @ 08:24am

I agree with Mike! Also Axl Rose used to wear NWA hats while performing Guns N Roses gigs, plus Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) is a huge fan. These guys really were groundbreaking and just re-wrote the rules of hip hop. Straight Outta Compton is an undeniable classic. We could very well see them in there in 2012!

Posted by DogJay88 on Saturday, 11.5.11 @ 00:54am


Ice Cube
MC Ren
Dr. Dre
DJ Yella
The Arabian Prince
The D.O.C.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 11.5.11 @ 10:43am

Perhaps not as automatic as everyone (especially Rock n Roll fans) seem to think, but they are a pretty easy "Yes" to me. Another one-album-wonder.

Posted by Chalkie on Tuesday, 11.22.11 @ 23:24pm

Influence: N.W.A's influence is prevalent amongst the modern rap scene, especially the gangsta rap genre. 20
Innovation: Helped define gangsta rap: 15
Critical: beloved, Straight Outta Compton is often called a rap masterpiece. 30
Commercial: 10 million records sold in the usa, probably around 12 worldwide. 10

+5 for Straight Outta Compton divided by 1.1...

75, around 3rd or 2nd ballot.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 12.11.11 @ 15:26pm

Another essential song should be Express Yourself.

The letter that the FBI sent to them is on display at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum so surely it makes sense to induct them?

Posted by Jon on Monday, 05.7.12 @ 17:49pm

To my mind, Rap is not rock and roll music. NWA were a tremendously influential RAP group and belong in a RAP Hall of Fame.

There are entire types of Rock and Roll expression that are not represented. The Hall has a glaring lack of crucially important punk band. They have almost no arena rock stuff like Cheap Trick, KISS or Bon Jovi. Progressive rock bands have been shafted for an eternity and the idea of NWA in before Rush is inconceivable to me. There are no noise, grind or industrial bands like The Melvins, Ministry or Napalm Death. New Wave of British Heavy Metal is embarrassingly overlooked without even consideration of bands like Venom, Motorhead, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. American heavy metal is done a tremendous disservice by the induction of Metallica but the snubbing of the remaining American Big 4 (Anthrax, Megadeth but especially Slayer.) Blues rock and hard rock is shamefully overlooked as well. SRV and Dire Straits not being in the Hall is crazy.

There are just WAY too many balls dropped on legitimate, controversy free rock acts. NWA needs to a take a number and get into a Rap Hall of Fame.

Posted by Neckbeard on Sunday, 10.7.12 @ 09:42am

So you're fine with country, blues, soul, pop, funk, jazz, reggae and rockabilly... yet draw the line at rap?

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 10.7.12 @ 10:19am

No, I want this to be the ROCK hall of fame. Progressive rock, arena rock, blues rock, hard rock, PUNK ROCK, metal in all its many splendored dissonant beauty, etc. I wouldn't put in at least hall the Soul, R & B, doowop, bebop, big band stuff they have.

This is a Rock and Roll hall of fame that doesn't have Venom, Motorhead, Judas Priest or Iron Maiden...

But it has Percy Sledge.

Doesn't have Boston, Steve Miller Band, KISS, Thin Lizzy, Bon Jovi, Journey, Dire Straits, SRV and the Double Trouble Band...

But has Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers.

It has never nominated...
Black Flag
Dead Kennedys
Social Distortion
The Fall
Joy Division
Suicidal Tendencies

But they have nominated Chic 7 times.

NWA will get in before any NWOBHM band. Crazy talk. Public Enemy is going to get in before Slayer and Anthrax. Martha and the Vandellas got in before Ministry, The Melvins or Motorhead.

Donavan made it in before Deep Purple got nominated. They are only putting them in because Deep Purple got snubbed for 19 years AKA so-long-band-members-are-dying-of-old-age.

The collective top 100 or so bands that aren't in the Hall yet are greater than the Hall itself

Posted by Neckbeard on Sunday, 10.7.12 @ 18:06pm

Neckbeard's argument is a typically racist (and rockist) one.

Posted by Chalkie on Tuesday, 10.9.12 @ 16:23pm

EDIT: Neckbeard's argument is a typically rockist (therefore inherently racist) one. That is not to say that he himself is a racist.

Posted by Chalkie on Tuesday, 10.9.12 @ 16:27pm

Rockism's dumb, but it's hardly racist.

Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 10.9.12 @ 16:50pm

Racism and prejudice are not synonymous.

While the rockist argument does rest on the prejudiced notion that rock 'n' roll and all its forms are "white genres" (Even though rhythm and blues, rap, soul, funk, disco, doo-wop, and other so-called "black genres" are part of rock 'n' roll), its proponents are not in a position where they can instituionialize this belief. Neckbeard doesn't have the authority to create a racial hierarchy in which "white music" dominates and "black music" submits. Therefore, his argument is prejudiced, but not racist.

Now, if the RRHOF voting committe were to adopt this notion AND make it an official criterion for the induction process, then there is a legitimate case of racism.

Don't interpret this as being a defense of Neckbeard's comments. I find his comments to be totally narrow-minded and without any merit. Tossing out Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, Percy Sledge (Although I would eliminate him, but only because he's a marginal figure whose entire legacy is comprised of one song and nothing else), and other black artists whose music doesn't fit preconceived notions of what rock 'n' roll is would be very narrow-minded and elitist. My point was to demonstrate that racism and prejudice are not one and the same.

In short, rock 'n' roll is colorblind.

Posted by Zach on Tuesday, 10.9.12 @ 18:42pm

Neckbeards comments simply argue for the induction of many of the acts that we all know should be in, but aren't.

You all have a vague clue of where I stand, regarding band-based music vs. pop constructions. Rap IS a pop construction, when you look at the methods of it's creation & selling. In many ways, N.W.A. are simply a more effective version of what Steve Perry was doing, only they've been sold via all sorts of sloganeering & backstory. If this is Neckboard's argument (i.e. rock "the music" vs. pop creations) then I'm for a lot of what he said.

Unlike Neckboard, I would not toss out half the blues, funk, soul, bebop, etc. music. The majority of it was done when African-American musicians were in fact Playing Instruments, & doing it both live & in the studio. Some of his examples may come off poorly, like Chic, who had musicians playing in a band setting, & most assuredly deserve some consideration (if you're buying into the Hall's system, that is). Outside of that, I do understand parts of his argument.

In short, you can use any form you want to, but in the end it all breaks down to pop (i.e. producers, editors, re-mixers, & chosen talent creating an accessible song) vs rock (musicians playing instruments, free of the construction, & creating independently on their own). The Rock Hall is letting anyone in, so long as they fit their private standards, so it really doesn't matter if it's pop or rock, sadly.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 07:01am

I seriously doubt the likes of N.W.A and PE were setting out to make acessible pop music.

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 11:36am

I'll have you know that I've been arguing for Albert King not in the Influences but in the main hall and Thin Lizzy for years and years.

I just think the top soul, bebop, R&B and blues guys are not in just 20 or 30 marginal ones are in that both...

1. Dilute the importance of the top acts by making it seem as if the Hall is too favorable to those acts and will let any in. It is Hall Affirmative Action. There are only so many slots.

2. Make it seem as if the Hall is so biased towards older Black acts and so prejudiced towards newer White rock and heavy metal acts that the Hall is invalid. Lots of people use Percy Sledge as the perfect example. He's an artist if zero influence, marginal importance good voice at best, One "Hit" Wonder 1600 dollar Jeopardy brainteaser.
Now somebody goes..."Deep Purple and Judas Priest aren't in but Percy Sledge is?" and then the entirety of all the worthy Black acts get discounted because the fringers got in before top prog, arena, heavy metal and punk acts.

Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 14:53pm

Anyone who thinks the Hall is biased towards or overly in favor of 'older black acts' is an idiot, IMO.

Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 15:53pm

The list of blues rock, arena rock, hard rock, heavy metal and punk acts snubbed is a yard long. So many marginal to terrible Black 50s and 60s acts are in the hall.

Posted by Neckbeard on Thursday, 10.11.12 @ 17:48pm

"So many marginal to terrible Black 50s and 60s acts are in the hall."

bloody list them then. go on.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 10.12.12 @ 11:35am

People I wouldn't put in the Hall include...
Clyde McPhatter as an individual artist, Jackie Wilson (Same thing), Dion DiMucci, LaVern Baker
and Little Willie John.

These are not the Top 10 in their respective genre much less rock history. You'd never have people think that Dion DiMucci or somebody like that was one of the top acts in rock and roll at the time if not the top act at the time or reasonably in history.

Del Shannon, Ritchie Valens, Brenda "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" Lee, Percy Sledge and the band called The Band are done.

Run DMC is a great band, wrong genre. Same with Jimmy Cliff and Beastie Boys.

Darlene Love,Doctor John and Donovan don't merit induction nor do Laura Nyro, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Rascals, The Ronettes or The Flamingos. If it has "The" in it and the band isn't a complete no brainer like THE Beatles the band doesn't belong in "The" Hall.
Traffic and Small Faces/Faces are baffling to me.
Martha and the Vandellas and The Moonglows are not good enough nor is Buffalo Springfield.

Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 10.17.12 @ 08:46am

Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, The Shirelles and Lovin' Spoonful are all fine bands but not good enough.

Patti Smith's induction and the rationale for it drives me crazy.

Her induction bio explicitly states this...

"Smith’s lyrics were street poetry that nodded toward Beat Generation and French symbolist poets, as well as LITERATE ROCKERS like Jim Morrison and Lou Reed."

I don't want street poetry. I WANT ROCK. Anybody who isn't like a Morrison or a Reed isn't "literate" and is therefore a knuckle-dragging troglodyte to the hall.

"Horses arrived at a time when rock and roll needed a jolt from its unadventurous rut and upwardly mobile arena-rock pretensions." So now arena rock is upwardly mobile? Before I thought it was illiterate and lumpenproletariat? Boston and Bon Jovi, is that what people listen to on Wall Street? Furthermore, NWOBHM, UK82, Thrash, Speed, basically every variety of punk, Death, Grind and Industrial acts were less than 10 years away in the mid 70s, in many cases 5 or less if not already happening by 1975. This an excellent way to show the Hall's dismissal of popular, hard rocking acts as "illiterate arena rock for hillbillies and flyover yokels" and show their complete disregard for true underground and revolutionary acts.

What, Blue Oyster Cult are not adventurous and literate enough for these blue-nosed snobs? Sorry they had the unmitigated gall to be popular and draw a crowd.

Other people who shouldn't be in
Sex Pistols because they are the moron, Milli Vanilli of punk.
Jackson Browne, who much like Patti Smith and the latest abomination of a nomination, Randy Newman, wrote "confessional singer-songwriter classics." Put Slayer and Motorhead in already and forget this soft nonsense. Is that what people think when they hear the word ROCK or do they think Lemmy and Tom Araya screaming bloody gore?

The list is too long, quite frankly. I'm already at about 30 that really disgust me.

Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 10.17.12 @ 08:50am

It's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame....NOT the "Rock" hall of fame. Deal with it. Or form your own.

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 10.17.12 @ 11:08am

"Horses arrived at a time when rock and roll needed a jolt from its unadventurous rut and upwardly mobile arena-rock pretensions." So now arena rock is upwardly mobile? Before I thought it was illiterate and lumpenproletariat? Boston and Bon Jovi, is that what people listen to on Wall Street? Furthermore, NWOBHM, UK82, Thrash, Speed, basically every variety of punk, Death, Grind and Industrial acts were less than 10 years away in the mid 70s, in many cases 5 or less if not already happening by 1975. This an excellent way to show the Hall's dismissal of popular, hard rocking acts as "illiterate arena rock for hillbillies and flyover yokels" and show their complete disregard for true underground and revolutionary acts.

What, Blue Oyster Cult are not adventurous and literate enough for these blue-nosed snobs? Sorry they had the unmitigated gall to be popular and draw a crowd.

Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 10.17.12 @ 08:50am
On one hand, I think you are entirly wrong on wanting to remove some of the 50's & early 60's doo-wop & soul acts. Those acts do belong, if you're telling the early history of rock & roll.

On the other hand, you are so right when it comes to the acts that aren't in. I think that little bit w/Smith's "Horses" is coming from their view of the 1st half of the 70's vs the 2nd half.

You figure the 1st half of the decade had Zeppelin, Sabbath, Purple, Alice Cooper, Grand Funk, ZZ Top, early Rush, Bad Co., Trower, Uriah Heep, Foghat, + a lot of forgotten but excellent music: Sir Lord Baltimore, Magma, Stray Dog, Tucky Buzzard, White Witch, Buffalo, Cactus, Budgie, etc.

The second half had Boston, Foreigner, Journey, Styx, Supertramp, etc. They probably thought she was a better call then these guys. (Of course, at the same time they never really bothered to acknowledge the majority of those 1st half 70's acts either). Personally, I'd have put in a lot of those early bands, & added in a few others (Rabbit, Truth & Janey, Legs Diamond) that were lost in the ether from the 2nd half.

I know how you feel. There are vital links to the music's historythat have been removed from every aspect of the Hall. Priest, Maiden, Black Flag, Sonic Youth, Motorhead, Husker Du, Megadeth, et. al, should be in there.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 10.18.12 @ 07:00am

@Nickbeard-I always found Horses to be an insanely overrated album. Even the best track on it is a rearranged cover of two 60s songs. And tales of its supposed significance are laughable. All the punk era bands cited the Stooges and the Velvet Underground and the NY Dolls. The key to why Horses was always highly regarded by the music writers was because it was so reactionary. It reminded them of their folk/poetry glory days. But as far as being innovative or in any way foreshadowing the future, it was irrelvant. I don't think it's a horrible album, just nothing that would warrant its reputation. Seems to be a lot of that with certain acts.

Posted by astrodog on Friday, 10.19.12 @ 17:12pm

^It is insane that there would be any punk in there while excluding the MC5 and NY Dolls. Ask Iggy Pop himself about the Five and whether they should be in the Hall.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 10.23.12 @ 19:02pm

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees who would vote for N.W.A

Beastie Boys, Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, RUN-DMC, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, R.E.M., U2, Blondie

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 11.13.12 @ 09:06am

Gangsta rap was first started by Kool G. Rap not NWA. Run DMC is probably just in because they had a HUGE song with Aerosmith.

Posted by Rusty Shackleford on Monday, 12.17.12 @ 06:43am

"Run DMC is probably just in because they had a HUGE song with Aerosmith."

Or because they were possibly the biggest band on earth between 1984-90. (With he possible exceptions of Van Halen, U2, and the E Street Band).

Posted by Chalkie on Saturday, 12.22.12 @ 06:57am

"I don't want street poetry. I WANT ROCK."

I want an Oompa Loompa NOOOWWW!!!!!!

Posted by Chalkie on Saturday, 12.22.12 @ 07:04am

"I don't want street poetry. I WANT ROCK."

I want an Oompa Loompa NOOOWWW!!!!!!

Posted by Chalkie on Saturday, 12.22.12 @ 07:04am
Relax, relax, Santa's coming...

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 12.23.12 @ 05:53am

LOL at people saying NWA shouldn't get in because they're rap and not rock.

There are soul, blues, heavy metal, folk, reggae, disco, pop, jazz and country performers in the Hall, who never played Rock n Roll. Rap shouldn't be treated any differently.

Posted by Patrick on Friday, 01.25.13 @ 11:24am

Heavy metal is rock, okay? It is Very Hard Rock.
I can't expect this moronic Hall to grasp that when it snubs everybody from Slayer and Motorhead to Jethro Tull and Judas Priest for a decade or more

It is certainly more "rock" than tons of acts inducted. Now, whether you want to sit and around and debate the merit of a Public Enemy or a Randy Newman or a Donna Summers in a vacuum and within their genres is fine but most people don't consider Donna Summers to be a rock band.

The behavior of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is like there being a Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Hall of Fame inducting smooth jazz and singer-songwriter stuff just because they are good to brilliant.

The Hall is so schizophrenic and watered down now.

Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 02.27.13 @ 10:33am

That was a great rant and all, but "Hard Rock and Heavy Metal" is fairly specific. "Rock and Roll" is a much more inclusive, umbrella-like term. Almost every genre today, with very few exceptions, did evolve from or intertwined alongside rock and roll.

Posted by Paul K on Friday, 03.1.13 @ 01:33am

Just a question about your commit, Paul. Doses that make people like Carly Ray Jepsen and One Direction are rock and roll?

Posted by Andrew on Friday, 03.1.13 @ 12:06pm

Absolutely. Carly Rae Jepsen is pop rock, and One Direction is power pop, and they're both dance-oriented. Neither one seems remotely Hall of Fame/2030's classic rock station caliber, but they're both under the general term "rock".

Posted by Paul K on Friday, 03.1.13 @ 12:22pm

One last thing Paul, do you ever read commets that I post on people like Sam Cooke and Chuck Berry? And if so, what do you think about them?

Posted by Andrew on Friday, 03.1.13 @ 14:38pm

Gotta tell you, as a 30-something white guy I was "working" the show for the concert promoter when I saw these guys. I wasn't into hip hop or whatever genre of music they presented. And as a 50-something now, I'm still not a big fan of hip hop. But when I saw them I was BLOWN AWAY. They were fabulous, fantastic, whathever adjective you want to use to describe really, really good. These guys deserve to get in!

Posted by Zod Blutto on Tuesday, 03.19.13 @ 11:52am

Don't worry, there is definitely a 90% chance of NWA being inducted next year.......unless the voters pull off something dumb.

Posted by Good Tastes on Saturday, 05.18.13 @ 09:00am

Ok. I get that rap doesn't technically fit in ROCK music in sole terms of genre. But if Rap musicians shouldn't be in the RRHOF then neither should the following: ABBA, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Johnny Cash, Otis Redding, James Taylor, Carole King, ANYBODY FROM THE MOTOWN LABEL, really just choose someone who didn't play in a four piece band. To me, rock and roll is a blanket statement for any modern music genre that can trace itself back to the originals of the genre. And considering that rap is basically a more populist form of rock, Due to the fact that a lot of its originators came from backgrounds where the family/school/community could not afford to give them actual instruments, they ended up peiceing together from their favorite songs in order to create something new. Just like most musicians ever. Not to mention, rap haters, have you tried to rap or work a turntable? It actually requires a certain type of musicality that even honest to god rock musicians can't master. It requires rhythm, a knowledge of percussion, and the willingness to be creative at a moment's notice. Not to mention Rap holds to the ideals of rock and roll. Creativity, inviduality, ingenuity, and fearlessness. I mean Ice Cube is not for the pop charts for a reason.So please hate on rap all you want but to be absolutely honest, modern American music would have stagnated as soon a Nirvana ended.

Posted by RoRo on Monday, 05.20.13 @ 14:25pm

Ice Cube was a poet and Dre was a multi instrumentalist so yah they deserve to get in. And eventually a LOT more rap artists will get in because rap had a period of time were it was making the best quality music and I think rap makes the best music right now.

Posted by TooLate on Sunday, 07.21.13 @ 01:24am

They'll probably get in, but I'll pass on this poetry.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Monday, 07.22.13 @ 20:11pm

List of Hip-Hop Acts that deserve induction

*Means definetly soon or soon when eligble
^Means Eventual
•Means already inducted

•Public Enemy
•Beastie Boys
•Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5
*LL Cool J
*Afrika Bambaataa
*Eric B. & Rakim
*De La Soul
*A Tribe Called Quest
*Notorious B.I.G.
*Dr. Dre (Probably as a producer)
*Kanye West
*Wu-Tang Clan
^Lauryn Hill (or the Fugees)
^Missy Elliot
^Kool Herc
^Puff Daddy (as a producer)
*Russel Simmons (non-performer)
*Rick Rubin (as a producer)

One can't deny their affect on rock and roll this far.

Posted by TooLate on Sunday, 03.30.14 @ 23:40pm

NO JUST NO... Where do I start these talentless hacks (gangsta rap is responsible for the decline of Hip-Hop) were a gangsta rap group... One of the trailblazers in that genre... Unfortunately they will get inducted eventually due to pioneering a terrible subgenre (Gangsta Rap)... All I have to say is it's a shame only one of them caught AIDS (Rest in Piss Eazy E)... Regrettably I have to say yes... Now back to my positive Alternative Hip-Hop.

Posted by Michael on Sunday, 05.11.14 @ 18:54pm

Ps: The D.O.C. Was the only member with any real talent... But that was all destroyed by a car crash.

Posted by Michael on Sunday, 05.11.14 @ 18:59pm

It's nice to see that all that positive alt-hip hop has made you a very positive person, rather than the sort of person who'd take the piss (pun unintended) out of a dead man.

Posted by GFW on Monday, 05.12.14 @ 11:45am

It occurred to me yesterday during a discussion with a friend that NWA would not be likely to make it in the Hall this year despite being the only Hip Hop act on the ballot, and it wouldn't be because they are a Rap group. It is because they are such a controversial group for their lyrical content and style. You just have to look at the history of other groups with the HOF who were subject of controversy or were considered somewhat *extreme*:
The Sex Pistols took 5 nominations to get past the voters, The Stooges had to wait 15 years and 8 nominations, Black Sabbath took 10 years and 8 nominations, MC5 has waited 23 years and only been nominated 1 time. Ozzie Osborne has been eligible for about 10 years now as a solo artists and has received no nomination. And we all have seen the large number of complaints from Metal fans regarding the lack of recognition for their very popular, but also generally controversial and extreme subgenre.

The voters for the HOF are a pretty mainstream group ultimately, and tend to be reticent about these types of acts. NWA would really fit in well with the types of acts that I mentioned above, and thus likely will have to wait awhile yet.

Posted by shrek on Tuesday, 10.21.14 @ 15:56pm

Hopefully the new movie about N.W.A. "Straight Outta Compton" will help there chances!

Posted by Ryan on Tuesday, 04.28.15 @ 16:58pm

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 04.7.16 @ 05:49am

thought this was rock and roll hall of fame...why isnt garth brooks or loretta lyn in here..how about mozart......exactly there not in the rock and roll category either.... there should be a rap hall of fame..they dont belong here...

Posted by john on Monday, 08.15.16 @ 11:02am

Oh look, a rockist. How original.

I guess you missed the part where Hank Williams and Johnny Cash were inducted.

Posted by dmg on Monday, 08.15.16 @ 20:19pm

Jerry Heller RIP

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 09.3.16 @ 22:59pm

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