Eric B. & Rakim Nominated for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eric B. & Rakim and the Beastie Boys are among the 15 acts that have been included on the ballot for next year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

While this is the third time for the Beasties, this is the first time Eric B. & Rakim have been up for the honor.

In order to be eligible for nomination, the acts need to have released their debut single or album at least 25-years-ago, which is exactly when the Long Island rap duo were first introduced to the masses with their classic track, 1986’s “Eric B is President,” the lead up song to their seminal 1987 LP, Paid in Full.
According to The New York Times, the nominees were selected by a group of 40 critics and musicologists. They will now be sent to an additional 500 people—consisting of critics, artists and industry folk—who will vote on who they believe deserves to be in the hall. The inductees will then be announced in November, followed by a gala at the Cleveland Convention Center.

So far the only two rap acts in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are Run-D.M.C. and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. LL Cool J and Afrika Baambatta were both nominated in the past but failed to make it past the voting stages. —Elan Mancini

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    I have the upmost respect for these artists and grew up on their music and really appreciate the fact that they are getting these honors, but dont these critics realize that is is called “THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME “. There are a lot of great rock musicians who get snubbed year after year that really deserve to be in there.

    The RNR HOF is completely clueless when it comes to honoring great rock music, even some of the artists who do get nominated its usually late or after some who dont deserve it.

    Again congrats to Eric B and The god mc Rakim and The Beasties they definitely deserve it even though there should be a Hip Hop hall of fame rather than a RNR HOF which completely mixes genres.

  • Face Phoenix

    I just started adding their songs to my drive and I remember how amazing Paid in Full was. I still listen to that whole album without skipping a track. I really hope they get the respect they are due. As well as the Beastie Boys. Two amazing bands that I hope (crossed fingers) get honored on the same night.

  • Aaron

    they have to put the GOD in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame…..They have classics and could talk about the same things that rappers talk about but using a higher intelligence to say it!……Bravo to Eric B. & Rakim aka Da GOD!

  • TD Camp

    Rakim is the father to so many artists… Good to see him on a path to recognition for his genius. For those that don’t know or understand, you have to try and imagine a time before his music dropped to get an idea of the impact he had. He made most of the beats and did most of the cuts on their first album too (a lot of people don’t know that). Shout out to Large Professor for the tight beats on their other albums… Beastie Boys deserve the honor as well. All time greats!

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