Kendrick Lamar Inducts N.W.A. To The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame With Heartfelt Speech

| April 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella express appreciation in being inducted into Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

N.W.A. were formally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night following a heartfelt speech from Kendrick Lamar. The legendary MCs, who chose not to perform during the evening’s ceremonies, expressed gratitude for the mighty honors with their own powerful acceptance speeches.

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NWA with @kendricklamar on stage at the rock 'n' roll Hall of Fame ceremony. #rocknrollhalloffame

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Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella, and Eazy-E also used their time at the mic to call out Gene Simmons, who recently made some controversial comments about hip-hop and its future. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the KISS rocker claimed that “rap will die” and that he is “looking forward to the death of hip-hop.”

MC Ren hit back first, saying, “I want to say to Mr. Gene Simmons that hip-hop is here forever. We’re supposed to be here.”

Ice Cube then told the crowd why N.W.A., as well as the hip-hop genre, have a rightful place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “The question is: ‘Are we rock ‘n’ roll?’” asked Ice Cube, “And I say, ‘You goddamn right we rock ‘n’ roll.”

“Rock ‘n’ roll is not an instrument. It’s not even a style of music,” he added. “It’s a spirit that’s been going on since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, heavy metal, punk rock and, yes, hip-hop.”

He concluded, “Rock ‘n’ roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and life. That is rock ‘n’ roll, and that is us.”

Ice Cube had plenty more to say in his speech, and you can read the whole thing below (via Rolling Stone):

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