The World’s Most Dangerous Group is now The World’s Most Celebrated Group. N.W.A was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Friday (April 8).
The surviving members – Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren and DJ Yella – were in attendance and all were dressed in black. A short documentary was featured showcasing the Compton group’s infamous trajectory into hip-hop history.
Fellow Compton rhymer Kendrick Lamar was on hand to help usher in his idols into the Rock Hall.
“Cube, where you at? The storytelling genius, every bar had us hangin’ on our seats,” said K.Dot of Ice Cube (via Radio.com).
“Dre! The scientist, the perfectionist, the producer extraordinary…he’s one of the best producers of all time, through today. Believe that!” he added.
Lamar also reflected on the legacy of the late N.W.A member Eazy-E. “He was a true mastermind, his persona was unmatched, his high pitched tone spoke to nations across the globe. He’s the reason I’m proud to say I’m from Compton,” he said.
The TDE rapper finished his speech with a salute to the entire group. “For me, it was a look of what was happening in our neighborhood. Chuck D once said rap was the black CNN, and N.W.A represented that to the fullest,” he said.
During their acceptance speech, N.W.A also addressed the controversy surrounding their induction. KISS guitarist Gene Simmons, felt that the group wasn’t rock and roll enough to be inducted into the Rock Hall. The rock veteran even ridiculously declared that rap is a fad and that it will eventually die someday.
“I want to say to Mr. Gene Simmons that hip-hop is here forever. We’re supposed to be here,” said MC Ren, to which the crowd cheered with approval, according to Billboard.
“The question is, ‘Are we rock ‘n’ roll?’” Cube asked the audience. “And I say — you goddamn right we rock ‘n’ roll.”
“Rock and roll is not an instrument. It’s not even a style of music,” he added. “It’s a spirit that’s been going on since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, rock and roll, R&B, heavy metal, punk rock, and yes, hip-hop.”
Also in attendance, was Eazy-E’s mother and his wife, Tomica Wright.
Congratulations to N.W.A on their induction into the 2016 Rock and Roll of Fame. It’s long overdue and well-deserved.
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