When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was formed in 1983, many industry guardians insisted that hip hop was just an instant trend. Even when the Hall began to induce rock and roll icons in 1986, rap was still seen as a curiosity – there was only one album, Raising Hell, from Run-D.M.C., Which went platinum.
Advancing to 2007. Despite some short-sighted protests, Rock Hall has led to Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, whose inventive DJ techniques and sociopolitical messages have brought the genre to new creative heights in the 1980s.
Since then, Rock Hall has introduced four additional hip hop groups in its ranks – Run-D.M.C. (2009), Beastie Boys (2012), Public Enemy (2013) and N.W.A. (2016) – and a solo rapper, 2Pac, in 2017. On Tuesday (October 15), Notorious B.I.G. was selected for the class of 2020; if he enters, Brooklyn's late icon will be just the seventh rap at Rock Hall.
Fortunately, in the 12 years following the first introduction of a hip-hop artist on RRHOF, the tired regret is "But it's Rock Hall" has disappeared as critics and fans adapt to our agnostic age of genre, where & # 39; rock & # 39; It is more an attitude than a strictly defined sound.
And it was about time – even in its early days, Rock Hall was never exclusive based on a strict definition of rock music. Many of the early acts introduced at Rock Hall were mainly R&B, blues, soul or country artists whose attitude and style of performance impacted rock (and not, not just in the category of "early influences": BB King, Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin were an understandable shoo-ins for Rock Hall, and you're lying if you say rock is the main genre to which they belong).
Therefore, considering that artists whose music indelibly impacted rock (and pop culture in general) have been introduced since the 1980s, it was only a matter of time before a hip-hop artist entered the Hall.
After all, you would be under pressure to find a rocker who started in the 1990s who was not influenced by rap, whether it's the blunt rhythms of Run-DMC, the sonic attack of Public Enemy, or the magnetic and poetic charisma of Tupac Shakur. Yes, NWA had a surprise when they were induced, but apparently it had less to do with the fact that they weren't "rock". enough on the scene than conservative listeners, annoyed that "Fuck tha Police" guys are in the same club as Elvis. Presley
Regardless of whether Biggie Smalls enters the hall in 2020, there are many more hip hop icons eligible for future consideration – including some names that had been honored before without guaranteeing entry. Zulu Nation pioneer Afrika Bambaataa, whose groundbreaking turntable techniques have changed rap and electronic music, has been nominated for the 2008 class. However, he has not been seen at the ballot box since then and given the charges against him In recent years – which he has denied – it seems unlikely that he is seeing a surge of support for reconsideration.
Eric B. and Rakim, the DJ / MC duo that took hip hop to a new gold standard of lyricism and sound detail, were nominated for the 2012 Class, but they didn't do it for the second time (they are a strong candidate for reconsideration). LL Cool J has been nominated for honor five times. So far, no data – which is unfortunate as LL was one of the first superstars of its kind and, along with Run-D.M.C., Established hip-hop as a serious creative force in the delivery of full-length classic albums.
If we're talking about hip hop artists who deserve a nomination but haven't seen it yet, well, you can spend hours debating who should come in, but there are many obvious options that have been eligible for some time: Ice-T, a tribe called Quest, EPMD, Boogie Down Productions, Kool Moe Dee, Queen Latifah, Gang Starr, Salt-N-Pepa, Slick Rick and Big Daddy Kane come to mind.
As the list of classic non-Hall rock acts shrinks and the number of culture-changing rappers who have released an album at least 25 years old grows, one thing is certain: the voice of rap in the Hall of Rock and Roll fame will only get louder.