Kanye West

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible in: 2028 (The 2029 Induction Ceremony)

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2029.

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
The College Dropout (2004)
Late Registration (2005)
Graduation (2007)
808's and Heartbreak (2008)
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
Yeezus (2013)
The Life of Pablo (2016)

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Jesus Walks (2004)
Gold Digger (2005)
Touch The Sky (2005)
Flashing Lights (2007)
Stronger (2007)
Power (2010)
Runaway Feat. Pusha T (2010)
Black Skinhead (2013)

Kanye West @ Wikipedia

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Will Kanye West be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


57 comments so far (post your own)

Is this the future rock and roll hall of fame or is it the future pop hall of fame?

Posted by Hitman on Saturday, 11.25.06 @ 05:34am

everything derives from rock and roll (well everthing After it)

Posted by dremaer on Wednesday, 11.29.06 @ 17:02pm

WTF is Kanye Fvking West here? He is not ROCK!!!

Posted by Andrew on Thursday, 11.29.07 @ 12:40pm

Kanye West has spoken out against competition who have won awards that he has,also, been nominated for. He is a sore loser.

Posted by Kanye West sucks! on Monday, 12.3.07 @ 20:01pm

he has produced so many hits, brought sampling back into the spotlight, and has produced rock songs too. his albums have been nominated for the album of the year every time. i say yes

Posted by sam on Thursday, 02.14.08 @ 16:41pm

He'd be in, hands down...if there were a hall of fame for egomaniacs!!!! He's not anywhere close to being as great and influential as R & B performers that came before him (I'll throw Barry White out as an example...'nuff said!!!), and they're not in!! He brought "sampling" back to the spotlight?? Oh, thats a good thing!!

"Pack up your ego and go away!!!!"

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 02.17.08 @ 09:56am


Posted by Dylan on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 09:52am

Quote: Kanye West is to music what Michael Jordan was to basketball at least that's what West thinks, in his humble estimation.

"I realize that my place and position in history is that I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice," he said in an interview on Wednesday. "It's me settling into that position of just really accepting that it's one thing to say you want to do it and it's another thing to really end up being like Michael Jordan."

If he is the voice of this generation, then I am truly worried.

Posted by blah-blah-blah on Monday, 11.17.08 @ 09:34am

What an arrogant, up-himself prick!

Posted by Mr. Octagon on Monday, 11.17.08 @ 09:41am

Airhead dumbass foney. Ring the gong on him now, please.

Posted by bubble on Monday, 11.17.08 @ 12:02pm

If there is a God, then that God will stop this arrogant dick calling himself "Kanye West" from being inducted. Pass.

Posted by Bad Grammer on Sunday, 12.21.08 @ 10:58am

head full of air

Posted by akatsuki on Monday, 12.22.08 @ 02:55am

Heh,don't make me laugh.F%#@ NO!

Posted by S.R on Sunday, 01.4.09 @ 18:14pm

Anyone that thinks Kanye isn't getting inducted is fooling themselves. The Hall has already shown that they plan on inducting hip hop acts. He has 4 straight albums with huge sales, 2 or 3 hit singles from each album, and the critical acclaim to go with the sales. There's no way he's not in.

Posted by Kevin on Monday, 06.1.09 @ 18:32pm

By the year 2029, no one will even remember who Kanye West was...particularly the people who vote for induction. I'd say his chances are about ZERO.

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 06.1.09 @ 19:19pm

He thinks he's the "the voice of this generation". What an egomaniac.

Posted by Dude Man on Monday, 07.6.09 @ 18:11pm

Yes he has a terribly large ego. That doesn't mean he does not deserve to be inducted. He has had a huge impact on music and believe it or not all of those who doubt him, he especially has an influence on rock today.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 08.3.09 @ 19:15pm

No, he doesn't influence Rock music one iota! If so, then how, being a legend in his own mind?? Lot's of Rock prima donnas are guilty of that. In 25 years, he'll be lucky if anyone remembers him...!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 08.3.09 @ 20:48pm

He is adsolutely zero impact on music. Someone mentioned that he brought sampling back. Oh good, he brought back outright ripping off others talents to enhance his sh*t music.

And after his actions on the MTV Award Show - MTV should ban him for life. Making a little girl (Swift) cry like that. 20 ywars ago, if he had done that, Axl or Tommy Lee would have jumped the stage and beaten the living sh*t out of him.

Yeah - voice of a generation. If that is the case, I am glad that I am old and will die soon.

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 09.14.09 @ 16:27pm

That is because he likes fishsticks and he is a gay fish. LOLOLOL

Posted by Brian on Monday, 09.14.09 @ 17:08pm

His mother must be ashamed of him for his actions the other night.

Posted by Cokey on Wednesday, 09.16.09 @ 15:17pm

Kanye's mom is passed away I know; however, she would not have approved of his behavior on the VMA awards the other night. He was very rude to Taylor Swift.

Posted by Cokey on Wednesday, 09.16.09 @ 15:22pm

Big no to Kanye. If he keeps his mouth shut other than when he's rapping in concert, he might be able to live down his insipid actions. Otherwise, he's a joke.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 09.16.09 @ 15:25pm

No, he's not rock. Yes, he's an egomaniac. But, the songs that he creates and the lyrics he writes bring something new to hip hop. Remember, hip hop started with sampling rock songs. Kanye is something different and already has had an impact on rappers and producers. So, I'd vote for him. Stage-crasher or not.

Posted by SSR on Monday, 09.28.09 @ 08:35am

I think comparing him to other pop stars is unfair. it's like comparing anthony hopkins to vince vaughn. probably the closest our generation has come to having our own beatles.

Posted by chase on Saturday, 12.5.09 @ 22:28pm

No Chase, no he's not. He's nowhere near as brilliant as he thinks he is.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 12.6.09 @ 04:28am

These comparisons of insignificant artists to The Beatles or Elvis needs to stop

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 12.6.09 @ 06:16am

If this guy is a generation's "Beatles", then they surely are tone deaf and vastly lacking in musical influence...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 12.6.09 @ 08:11am

I agree with chase.

Posted by lance on Thursday, 12.10.09 @ 17:52pm

London Posse > this shit.

Posted by on Monday, 03.8.10 @ 14:16pm

All people can complain about how much of an ego-maniac he is. This is a HoF for MUSIC. He's one of the most accomplished hip hop artists around. To Anybody who says that hip hip/rap don't belong in the HoF: you're an idiot. Run-DMC ring a bell? Almost every genre in the US is influenced by rock n roll. Kanye has talent. Kanye is a dick. Just because he's a dick doesn't mean he is a terrible musician in any way

Posted by Alex on Sunday, 05.9.10 @ 15:15pm

Yo Kanye I'm happy for you and imma let you finish but Joy Division is the best artist not in the rhof OF ALL TIME

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 05.22.10 @ 15:13pm

if you think he is worthy of hall of fame..............just dont even talk to me. go listen to miley cyrus and leave rock to real legends

Posted by hoberto on Wednesday, 07.7.10 @ 16:52pm

Honestly, how many of you have ever actually listened to his music? Do you know any other songs by him besides Stronger, Jesus Walks, and his other hits? The dude is crazy talented and anyone who's listened to his albums knows that

Posted by Alex on Monday, 07.19.10 @ 11:36am

Yes Kanye is a prick, but I have to agree with Alex.

Posted by Gassman on Monday, 07.19.10 @ 12:07pm

yeah I also agree with Alex.

Posted by Guy R. on Monday, 07.19.10 @ 13:33pm

all of you need to seriously look at the music and not the style, influence, not whether you personally like it or not.

Posted by quota on Sunday, 08.8.10 @ 11:07am

If people say he shouldn't be in because of his ego then guess that means no Oasis either.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 10.31.10 @ 14:28pm

yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

Posted by tron on Monday, 05.2.11 @ 12:17pm


Posted by Kanye West on Monday, 10.17.11 @ 23:23pm

I believe he is the leading light of the rap scene at the moment, Jay and Eminem's current work isn't nearly as good.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 10.22.11 @ 15:20pm

he's gonna make it in (well deserved) and I'll laugh at how mad everyone gets.

Posted by Carlos on Wednesday, 11.23.11 @ 02:10am

As time goes on his odds of making it in are only going up. He had huge success early on, but his popularity has waned slightly in recent years as he has been eclipsed by shiny new acts. However, he has earned himself a loyal fan base, and music critics will always cover his new work-he is in a position to remain a party of the musical landscape for years, even decades to come, though not burning as brightly as his Gold Digger days. Many, many, many Hall of Famers have careers with extremely similar structures.

Posted by Kevin on Friday, 11.25.11 @ 23:37pm

I think Kanye's going to be a first balloter if he keeps at this current level of quality, all of his albums apart from 808's and Heartbreaks have been very highly lauded with some calling MBDTF one of the greatest in rap history.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 11.26.11 @ 08:24am

hyped as hell for Yeezus, even if the album cover is a goddamn abomination.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 05.19.13 @ 14:27pm

lol im the only one who posts here

So now that Yeezus has dropped and it's utterly amazing (even Lou Reed agrees!) I think we can all agree that Kanye is indeed a god and the greatest musical genius to ever live who's not Liverpudlian/Icelandic and is a guaranteed first ballot induction.

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 07.3.13 @ 16:54pm


Posted by Jo on Friday, 03.21.14 @ 09:53am


Posted by Jo on Friday, 03.21.14 @ 09:54am

List of Hip-Hop Acts that deserve induction

*Means definetly soon or soon when eligble
^Means Eventual
•Means already inducted

•Public Enemy
•Beastie Boys
•Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5
*LL Cool J
*Afrika Bambaataa
*Eric B. & Rakim
*De La Soul
*A Tribe Called Quest
*Notorious B.I.G.
*Dr. Dre (Probably as a producer)
*Kanye West (Greatest artist of the 21st cenuty so far)
*Wu-Tang Clan
^Lauryn Hill (or the Fugees)
^Missy Elliot
^Kool Herc
^Puff Daddy (as a producer)
*Russel Simmons (non-performer)
*Rick Rubin (as a producer)

One can't deny their affect on rock and roll thus far.

Posted by TooLate on Monday, 03.31.14 @ 00:05am

Well, I was there when Kanye returned to Bonnaroo. Massive crowd at start of set, where he took the stage at 1007 pm. I have only heard a few Kanye songs, so I was unfamiliar with most all of his music. He did not allow the screens on both sides of What Stage to be used to show him (which I thought was sorta dicky, as when you are in the back, those screens give you your best view of artist/stage). He draped both sides of the stage in long white cloths, which got the super-VIPs out of their viewing area & into the sound tent (sorta liked that, as a whole lot of people up front had better seats than the toffs). The centerpiece of the stage was a tall 3 sided rectangle that showed various landscape scenes interspersed with him, though everything was in black & white & reverse imaged). He started out set wearing a face mask (ala Bjork, although a completely different type of mask). I was there for 1st 70 minutes & during that time he played maybe 5 songs that he interspersed with social commentary, his goals/motivations, and general rants about the haters, press, and the notorious 2008 fiasco. He was unapologetic about that. I left to see Mastodon, but if I wasn't going to see another act, I probably wouldn't have stayed much more anyway. As I left, there were throngs of people doing the same thing and acattered boos & jeers. Heard that the people up front (the pro-Kanyeites) were pleading with him to shut up & play his songs. He got great receptions when he actually played something. I predict it will be awhile before he returns to Bonnaroo.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 06.20.14 @ 15:16pm

oh, Hell no!

Posted by Telarock on Monday, 07.14.14 @ 11:41am

Like Paul (in KY), I saw Kanye at Bonnaroo this summer and I was there to witness what I call 'a mixed bag in performance'. To everyone's surprise (myself included), he was able to headline, but not without controversy. Kanye's angered self-centered ego I can do without, but its always about the music. He is one of the very few in the last ten years to put out some great stuff in that genre. To see him perform live was a great thing. But his social rants had nearly everyone booing him. Once he played out the jams, all was right. I later had a conversation with one of his fans from Chicago (who is a frequent festival-goer), and he said that the rants were part of Kanye's concert act and not to be taken that seriously. Kanye does take the music very seriously, and that's why the fans and so-called professional critics love him. I hear he's even working on a project with Sir Paul McCartney.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Friday, 09.5.14 @ 18:07pm

Maybe his new song writing partner, Paul McCartney will induct him! Lol but no lie he has my vote in a heartbeat. No one in music right now is as rock and roll as him. And I think McCartney realizes this. First ballot hall of famer for sure.

Posted by Alec on Saturday, 04.11.15 @ 00:21am

7 great albums in a row now. Who else can say that they have been able to make 7 great albums without having a critical misstep and constantly reinventing and updating their sound? This is a Beatles level, Dylan level, Neil Young level, Springsteen level, Prince level, Bowie level accomplishment. By 2028 I bet all the old rockers that hate him because of his public interaction or who don't know crap about music nowadays (David Crosby, Bob Ezerin cough cough) will be dead by then. Lol by the way the hall is going though they'll probably be inducting almost all 80s acts at that time

Posted by Alec on Wednesday, 02.24.16 @ 18:53pm

Kanye is trash, he hasn't made a good song since Power, and hasn't dropped a good album since Graduation. Sadly he will get in, so Yes... But his recent music still blows as much as his ego is large.

Posted by Michael on Wednesday, 06.22.16 @ 17:54pm

Lots of Kanye hate here. As he said in 'power' "At the end of the day goddamn it I'm killin' this s**
I know damn well ya'll feelin' this s**" Love him or hate him he is the biggest rockstar in the world and has been probably since 'Dark Twisted Fantasy' which is also the best album of the 2000's. The guy keeps putting out hit after hit after hit for more than a decade. Hope he can get his mind right and maybe lose the wife so he can keep making great music.

For anyone saying the guy isn't rock, who made you the judge? Rock is music and it can evolve like it or not the spirit of Kanye's music is Rock and Roll!

Posted by Cleveland Rocks on Wednesday, 02.22.17 @ 02:22am

look, i can't stand his new music and have never listen his "Good Stuff" but i can't say no, R&B has long history of impacting rock music and it has continued into 21st century, only R&B artist who can be compared to him these days is Jay-Z and just like him, you will see future rock artist say they were influenced by him.

Posted by Timothy on Saturday, 07.8.17 @ 18:04pm

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