N.W.A will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The “World’s Most Dangerous Group” lands the fifth slot as a rap act inducted into the Hall. The Hall of Fame celebrates its 31st year.
N.W.A’s fellow predecessors include Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, and Public Enemy. N.W.A finally receives recognition into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after three previous nominations.
N.W.A’s core members– Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, DJ Yella, and Eazy E–became immortalized in last year’s box office hit Straight Outta Compton, which highlighted the group’s roots in political gangster rap. “The movie was able to remind them of the impact of the group on pop culture and that the music is just as much rock ’n’ roll as anything,” Ice Cube explained in a recent interview with The New York Times.
According to Ice Cube, the group will be in attendance for the induction; however they will not be performing. He feels the group didn’t receive the greatest amount of support from the Hall’s organizers to put on the best show N.W.A could perform. “We wanted to do it on a whole other level, and that just couldn’t happen.”
In Cube’s interview with The New York Times, he discusses his thoughts on finally being inducted into the Hall of Fame, the Academy Awards snub, what this year’s inductees mean to him, and more. This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame takes place Friday in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. It will be aired on HBO on April 30.
To read the full New York Times interview with Ice Cube
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