Rolling Stone has released a list of “20 Classic Artists Still Not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” LL Cool J, N.W.A and Several of the artists the publication names are rappers.
LL Cool J became eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. “Championed by the Beastie Boys and given a recording shot by Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons’ then-fledgling Def Jam label, 17-year-old LL Cool J came through boom boxes with precocious confidence on 1985’s seminal Radio,” the article says in its “Argument for Induction” section on the Queens, New York rapper. “The hits didn’t stop coming for the next decade, nor did the Grammys and platinum certifications. He’s now as famous for his film and TV roles as he is for his music, but don’t overlook the man born James Todd Smith’s serious gifts as a lyricist, storyteller and style trendsetter (what’s up, Kangols).”
Rolling Stone also includes Kraftwerk on its list. Even though its not a Rap group, the German act and its music has had a notable impact on Rap music.
“Call their music krautrock, electronic or whatever you like,” Rolling Stone writes, “but everyone from Gary Numan and Daft Punk to Afrika Bambaataa and Dr. Dre would shout out Kraftwerk’s Hall bona fides.”
Kraftwerk has been eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1995.
In its argument for Afrika Bambaataa’s induction, Rolling Stone points to the deejay’s “flash of inspiration to simulate sounds from a pair of Kraftwerk tracks on their own equipment for the 1982 single “Planet Rock.”’”
Rolling Stone says “Planet Rock” “launched Hip Hop beyond two turntables and party jams and created a space for Avant-Dance and Rap artists to work in harmony, presaging today’s anything-goes musical landscape.”
Afrika Bambaataa has been eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2008.
Rolling Stone says that N.W.A, which became eligible in 2013, has several reasons it should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“Plenty’s been made of N.W.A’s groundbreaking and controversial lyrical legacy, but don’t sleep on the importance of Eazy-E‘s indie-biz acumen, Dr. Dre’s bracing beats and a strident young MC named Ice Cube finding his voice (much love to MC Ren and DJ Yella as well),” Rolling Stone says. “Sure, the quintet only released two studio LPs before disbanding, but both 1988’s Straight Outta Compton and 1991’s Elif4Zaggin still stand as fiercely invigorating listens for both their insights and gritty production. Without N.W.A, there’s no the Chronic, Doggystyle or AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted.”