Straight Outta Compton is about to go straight into Cleveland.
Back in December, it was announced that N.W.A would be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame alongside Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Chicago and Steve Miller. Obviously this was big news since N.W.A would be just the fifth hip-hop representative to be inducted, joining Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Run-D.M.C., the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. Now, the committee has announced that this year's class will be inducted by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, the Black Keys, Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas and Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar.
While there's no specific mention of who will be inducting which band, it's more than safe to assume that Kendrick will be linked to fellow Comptonites N.W.A...unless Rob Thomas is a secretly a big DJ Yella fan?
Obviously this is exciting news and a just a generally cool thing to have happen. It always feels good to see hip-hop be recognized by large, mainstream institutions and it will be great to see the old guard honored by the new, but can I still complain for a minute? Can I?
First and foremost, how are there only five hip-hop acts in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?!
Listen, I get it, it’s the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, but come the fuck on. How can Deep Purple, a band known primarily for one song in the '70s, get in with no controversy but when N.W.A is nominated it's a point of contention.
It’s great N.W.A is getting love, it’s great Kendrick will be a part of it, but this magnifies the need for a Hip-Hop Hall Of Fame. I hate building up walls, but instead of clawing and scratching for recognition from “them,” let’s just do it ourselves. The fact that N.W.A, a group which both changed music and the political climate, is a question mark but Deep Purple was given an invite with no questions asked is absurd.
So yeah, enjoy it, celebrate it, but let’s be more focused on the construction of the Hip-Hop Hall Of Fame than whatever the hell is happening with Rob Thomas.
[Lucas Garrison is a writer for DJBooth.net. His favorite album is College Dropout but you can also tweet him your favorite Migos songs at @LucasDJBooth.]