NWA voted into Rock Hall of Fame

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

N.W.A. to Be Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Compton, California, hip-hop crew – aka N—-z Wit Attitude – will join the 31st class of the Rock Hall on April 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.Soft-rockers Chicago, heavy-metal forerunners Deep Purple, power-pop outfit Cheap Trick and everyone’s favorite midnight toker Steve Miller all get the nod.

Could Steve Howe, who’s best known as the guitarist for Yes, get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2016 in a non-performer category, such as the Ahmet Ertegun Lifetime Achieve Award or the Award for Musical Excellence? (Chuck Yarborough, The Plain Dealer) Yeah, I’m with you that the seminal prog-rock band should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With their 1988 debut album “Straight Outta Compton,” they epitomized the sound of gangsta rap and encapsulated the pressure-cooker atmosphere of a South Central Los Angeles plagued by drugs, poverty and heavy-handed policing. Shoot, they might even get in as one of the “early influence” bands — which probably won’t happen because they were on this year’s performer ballot, but certainly is true of the group as a prog-rock progenitor.

Sure, everybody loves singing along to Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” or playing air guitar to Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water,” but they’re relics in comparison. Then there’s Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, who is as much – and maybe more – a producer and composer (he’s been focusing on movie scores of late) as a “performer.” Is it likely? Even die-hard Steve Miller fans can’t deny that the idea of N.W.A. doing “F**k tha Police” in front of an audience of suited and booted industry people is way more interesting than hearing “The Joker” for the 67,484th time.

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