After years of being snubbed and not always getting the true recognition they truly deserve it seems Westcoast Hip-Hop pioneers N.W.A. are finally starting to get their full just due. As just yesterday it was announced “The World’s Most Dangerous Group” will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.
The induction seems like just the right timing too, as the group is coming off a resurgent year that brought the groundbreaking group back to the forefront of music with their record-breaking biopic, Straight Outta Compton, which became the highest-grossing music biopic ever. This year was also ironically enough the 20 year anniversary of group leader Eazy-E’s unfortunate passing from AIDS.
The crew will become just the fifth Hip-Hop act to be enshrined in Cleveland when it’s inducted in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 6th of next year. Joining the likes of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Run-D.M.C., Beastie Boys and quite fittingly enough one of N.W.A.’ member Ice Cube’s biggest influences/most frequent collaborators Public Enemy. Cheap Trick, Chicago, Steve Miller and Deep Purple will also be among next years inductees.
Ice Cube already spoke with Rolling Stone about what the honor means for him and the group too, as well as how in general it went into the crews success of the whole year.
“It’s hard to sum up exactly what it means. It means a lot of things. It means that the group’s mark is kind of solidified. It’s all legitimatized in a way because the whole music industry has to honor the group in a way. It’s just hard to sum up in words, really. It’s everything that kind of alluded us in a lot of ways when we were coming up. So many people were opinionated about N.W.A. I think everyone now at this point, no matter how you feel about us, understands what the group did and what it means to modern music. I think the movie helped to get people remember that.”
Fellow group member MC Ren also weighed in via Twitter, tweeting, “It feels good to finally make it in the #RockNRollhalloffame. All praise is due to God. Wanna thank my group and the fans. Thanx.”
The induction is also added on to the many list of accomplishments the collective has gotten this year from their very belated scoring first ever top 40 hit on Billboard to their Straight Outta Compton biopic being nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and maybe even possible Oscars noms next year.