Kendrick Lamar set to induct NWA into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!
Multi-Grammy award winner and Compton Native Kendrick Lamar will have the honor of introducing his all-time rap idols NWA into the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. NWA’s roots began in South Central, Los Angeles in 1986 with members O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson, Andre “Dr. Dre” Young, and Eric “Eazy-E” Wright (the group would later welcome MC Ren and DJ Yella). Together the group managed to reach many new heights, shocking the world and the music industry with their new wave of intimate and controversial lyrics, N.W.A went on to sell over 10 million units in the United States alone.
They were ranked number 83 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" list. NWA is often credited for bringing gangsta rap into the mainstream. They are also other often credited for paving the way and opening the doors for the many Hip Hop artists who have succeeded them; such as Snoop Dogg, Bone-Thugs-N- Harmony, and even Kendrick himself. Lamar has never remained silent about his admiration for the fellow Compton natives. He even shared a powerful tribute to the late Eazy-E and the rest of the N.W.A members with Paper magazine, detailing the personal influence they had on him and how they transformed storytelling into an art form. He shared a powerful tribute to the late Eazy-E and the rest of the N.W.A members with Paper magazine, detailing the personal influence they had on him and how they transformed storytelling into an art form. "People were scared to talk about these kinds of tough situations, but because [Eazy] and the group took it upon themselves to talk about [these things], every artist is able to and they owe it to him," Lamar told Paper in their October "Nostalgia" issue. Kendrick even got the chance to formally sit down and conduct an in-depth interview with the group during the release of the record breaking N.W.A Biopic, Straight Outta Compton. He was also honored at this year’s Grammy’s for best Rap Song & Performance, being presented his award by none other than Ice Cube and his son, O’Shea Jackson Jr. Though they are only just being inducted, this is not the first time the group has been nominated for The Hall of Fame. N.W.A was initially nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and again in 2013. It wasn't until 2015 that the committee announced that the group would be a part of the 2016 inductee’s class.
The 31st annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on April 8, with HBO filming the event for an April 30 broadcast.