20 Hip-Hop Acts Who Are Eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 were announced yesterday (Oct. 8) and among the list of nominees were West Coast rap group N.W.A for the Straight Outta Compton collective, this marks the fourth consecutive year that the group appears on the voting ballots, seeking to become just the fifth hip-hop act to ever be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Since the induction of the first hip-hop act in 2007 with Grand Master Flash and The Furious Five, only three other hip-hop acts¯Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C. and Public Enemy¯have made it in. However, acts like LL Cool J, Eric B and Rakim and N.W.A have been on the list of nominees for the past three years, but have failed to get in the prestigious music academy.
While artists become eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll of Fame, 25 years after the release of their first record, the majority of acts inducted thus far, have been from the Rock genre. Elite hip-hop acts like De La Soul, Queen Latifah, Doug E. Fresh and more, who helped make a cultural impact with their music, have yet to be recognized for their contributions.
With N.W.A representing for hip-hop cultural on this year's ballot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2016, XXL rounded up 20 more elite hip-hop acts who are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.