After the summer release of the group’s biopic, “Straight Outta Compton”, N.W.A were bestowed another honor as they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Having been nominated three times prior, N.W.A are only the fifth hip-hop group to be inducted into the Hall of Fame among a prestigious group of others.
One of the founding members, Ice Cube, commented on the fact that a rap group was being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, saying “Rock and roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and in life. We have come a long way from being so hated in the industry to making it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Are we rock and roll? You’re damn right we’re rock and roll.”
N.W.A rose to fruition in the late 1980s as their lyrics relating to violence, crime and anti-police ideologies swept over the greater Los Angeles area, selling over 100 million copies in the process.
Inducting the group into the Hall of Fame was current Compton artist, Kendrick Lamar. Speaking about the group’s legacy, Lamar said that N.W.A “proved to every kid in the ghetto that you could be successful and still have your voice while doing it.”