As its name suggests, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame doesn’t have a history of honoring Hip-Hop culture. Nevertheless, when this year’s inductees were listed Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five made the cut. The Hip-Hop pioneers are widely known for creating “The Message” in 1982, and their induction makes them the first Hip-Hop artists to hold such a distinction.
“This is bigger than me,” said Grandmaster Flash, via a statement on his website. “This induction is total acceptance from one of the most prestigious music associations in the world. This induction says that for the decades of work that was put in which later co-created an entire culture, they honor us. It’s a wonderful feeling to be remembered as one of the architects that pioneered an idea that the whole world fell madly in love with. It is called Hip-Hop.”
Interestingly enough, mainstream darlings, The Beastie Boys didn’t make the cut. The group has released seven studio albums since 1986’s Licensed to Ill, which currently stands at 9 million copies sold. Every other album the trio has released is also certified platinum, except The Mix-Up, which was released earlier this year.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which also doubles as a museum, was formed in 1983. A panel of Rock & Roll historians annually nominates a list of performers, “early influences” and “side men.” Artists are only able to be nominated 25 years after their first recording.