I know right! What you say? Yes you heard it right. NWA was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 8, 2016 at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York. The induction ceremony was aired on HBO April 30th. The others inducted were Chicago, Cheap Trick and Deep Purple.
NWA was introduced by Kendrick Lamar, who said, “the fact a famous group can look just like one of us and dress like one of us, talk like one of us, proved to every single kid in the ghetto that you can be successful and still have importance while doing it.”
Just recently, NWA’s story was told on the big screen with the blockbusting movie, “Straight Out of Compton.” The movie highlighted the group from its inception, through ups, downs and the death of Eric “Eazy E” Wright. NWA’s group included Eric “Eazy-E” Wright, Andre “Dr. Dre” Young, and O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson along with Lorenzo “MC Ren” Patterson, Antoine “DJ Yella” Carraby, (Arabian Prince, original member).
Why the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Good question! Not everyone believe they should be inducted, most notably Gene Simmons of Kiss. Gene Simmons believes the Hall of Fame should be reserved for those who play guitar and/or sing. Others took to social media with their comments. But during the acceptance speech, Ice Cube addressed the question.
He said, ‘The question is, ‘Are we rock ‘n’ roll? And I say — you (explicit) right we rock ‘n’ roll. Rock ‘n’ roll is not an instrument. It’s not even a style of music. It’s a spirit that’s been going on since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, heavy metal, punk rock, and yes, hip-hop. Rock ‘n’ roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and life. That is rock ‘n’ roll and that is us.”
NWA now joins Public Enemy, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five who were previously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.