Eligible since: 2012 (The 2013 Induction Ceremony)
Previously Considered? Yes what's this?
Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2014 (ranked #101) .
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N.W.A @ Wikipedia
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There's no way you could deny the innovation and influence of this band. The only band whose individual members have sold more solo records is the Beatles. Since the Sex Pistols got in last year, there is no way NWA could not get in now.
Posted by Sneak on Tuesday, 01.2.07 @ 18:51pm
Rage Against the Machine had this Renegades of Funk music video which pretty much payed tribute to various early rap acts who played a roll in music and possibly an influence on them...NWA was one of them.
Posted by maplejet on Thursday, 04.5.07 @ 14:46pm
Influence? F-Tha Police! Who was doing gangsta rap and saying things like that before them? N-O-B-O-D-Y!
Posted by Dave on Monday, 08.27.07 @ 04:39am
Guys, guys, calm down. NWA is not a band, so Sneak's comment is technically false. Also, they do not make Rock and Roll music, so their influence is negligible in the context of this discussion, which is inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Posted by Metalsmith on Tuesday, 01.15.08 @ 17:11pm
This is absurd. N.W.A. was a great RAP goup. So go to the RAP HALL OF FAME. RNRHOF needs to get its act together and either induct only rock artists or simply rename itself to the Music Hall of Fame.
Posted by Tom on Thursday, 07.10.08 @ 10:21am
Tom, the rock and roll hall of fame isn't named because they ONLY honor rock artists. it is named to honor those who have had influence on rock and roll, see?
Posted by Justin on Wednesday, 07.15.09 @ 21:52pm
I'm sick and tired of this. Rock and Roll is great music that means something. It doesn't require you play a guitar.
Posted by Sam on Monday, 08.3.09 @ 20:05pm
It's impossible that N.W.A. will get inducted because Eazy-E is still dead.
Posted by Gary on Friday, 08.7.09 @ 16:54pm
Hell Yeah! They had influences on both Hard Rock and Rap music and culture. 1st Ballot
Posted by Reckless on Tuesday, 09.15.09 @ 14:36pm
If shitty RUN DMC is there, NWA also deserves to be inducted.
Posted by LOLUMAD on Sunday, 10.11.09 @ 10:05am
DJ Hero ...
Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 10.31.09 @ 11:19am
Different Sam from the one above. As for the rap question, to get in you have to be really important to it and/or have an influence on rock. I am aware that Sugarhill Gang was one of the first, as was Afrika Bambatta, so yes to them. Yes to Public Enemy, maybe to LL Cool J, and yes to N.W.A. (godfathers of gangsta rap.)
Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 03.3.10 @ 21:23pm
Forgot... yes to the Beastie Boys as well. The rest after them still need to build up their credentials. The "to get in you have to be..." bit was just my opinion, and not necessarily how it works.
Posted by Sam on Thursday, 03.4.10 @ 18:52pm
It's impossible that N.W.A. would enter HOF. I mean Eazy-E is still dead, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre have been going solo and some of the other members are missing in action. Also, N.W.A. is not a rock band.
Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 06.15.10 @ 21:21pm
"Also, N.W.A. is not a rock band." - Mike
Posted by Sam on Sunday, 06.20.10 @ 17:42pm
Mike, I think you're an idiot. Just because N.W.A. isn't a rock band doesn't mean they shouldn't be inducted. Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys are also rap and they got inducted into the Hall of Fame. So why not N.W.A.?
Posted by Brett on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 15:43pm
The Beastie Boys aren't in, but they should. They could get in on this try, and if they don't get in this time they will soon.
Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 10.13.10 @ 16:00pm
It should really be changed to the "Music Hall of Fame" as NWA is most certainly not rock. Ideally, though, rap should have its own H.O.F. just as country music does. I guarantee rap artists/fans would throw a fit if rock n' roll started infringing on their territory.
Posted by Jeff on Wednesday, 11.3.10 @ 15:41pm
Rap is closer to Rock 'n' Roll's original territory than most of the omissions, and Rock varies in it's definition these days... the bastard child of many mothers. They probably a) couldn't think of a better title than "Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame" and b) probably didn't think that there would be so much of a fuss over what that title defines. Yes, it should've been named the "Music Hall of Fame" or something like that, and they're quite rightly treating it as such.
Posted by Sam on Monday, 11.8.10 @ 03:10am
DOPE THEY INVENTED GANGSTA RAP AND THEY BE REALLY GOOD THEY NO HOW HARD IT IS ON THA STREETS PLUS DRE ICE CUBE AND EAZY E WHERE IN HERE AND THEY BECAME SUPAHSTARZ IN THERE SOLO CAREER
Posted by COLT 45 on Monday, 03.7.11 @ 20:02pm
great rap influence and u cant go wrong with straight outta compton
Posted by Mike on Friday, 03.18.11 @ 08:24am
I agree with Mike! Also Axl Rose used to wear NWA hats while performing Guns N Roses gigs, plus Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) is a huge fan. These guys really were groundbreaking and just re-wrote the rules of hip hop. Straight Outta Compton is an undeniable classic. We could very well see them in there in 2012!
Posted by DogJay88 on Saturday, 11.5.11 @ 00:54am
Posted by Roy on Saturday, 11.5.11 @ 10:43am
Perhaps not as automatic as everyone (especially Rock n Roll fans) seem to think, but they are a pretty easy "Yes" to me. Another one-album-wonder.
Posted by Chalkie on Tuesday, 11.22.11 @ 23:24pm
Influence: N.W.A's influence is prevalent amongst the modern rap scene, especially the gangsta rap genre. 20
Posted by GFW on Sunday, 12.11.11 @ 15:26pm
Another essential song should be Express Yourself.
Posted by Jon on Monday, 05.7.12 @ 17:49pm
To my mind, Rap is not rock and roll music. NWA were a tremendously influential RAP group and belong in a RAP Hall of Fame.
Posted by Neckbeard on Sunday, 10.7.12 @ 09:42am
So you're fine with country, blues, soul, pop, funk, jazz, reggae and rockabilly... yet draw the line at rap?
Posted by GFW on Sunday, 10.7.12 @ 10:19am
No, I want this to be the ROCK hall of fame. Progressive rock, arena rock, blues rock, hard rock, PUNK ROCK, metal in all its many splendored dissonant beauty, etc. I wouldn't put in at least hall the Soul, R & B, doowop, bebop, big band stuff they have.
Posted by Neckbeard on Sunday, 10.7.12 @ 18:06pm
Neckbeard's argument is a typically racist (and rockist) one.
Posted by Chalkie on Tuesday, 10.9.12 @ 16:23pm
EDIT: Neckbeard's argument is a typically rockist (therefore inherently racist) one. That is not to say that he himself is a racist.
Posted by Chalkie on Tuesday, 10.9.12 @ 16:27pm
Rockism's dumb, but it's hardly racist.
Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 10.9.12 @ 16:50pm
Racism and prejudice are not synonymous.
Posted by Zach on Tuesday, 10.9.12 @ 18:42pm
Neckbeards comments simply argue for the induction of many of the acts that we all know should be in, but aren't.
Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 07:01am
I seriously doubt the likes of N.W.A and PE were setting out to make acessible pop music.
Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 11:36am
I'll have you know that I've been arguing for Albert King not in the Influences but in the main hall and Thin Lizzy for years and years.
Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 14:53pm
Anyone who thinks the Hall is biased towards or overly in favor of 'older black acts' is an idiot, IMO.
Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 15:53pm
The list of blues rock, arena rock, hard rock, heavy metal and punk acts snubbed is a yard long. So many marginal to terrible Black 50s and 60s acts are in the hall.
Posted by Neckbeard on Thursday, 10.11.12 @ 17:48pm
"So many marginal to terrible Black 50s and 60s acts are in the hall."
Posted by GFW on Friday, 10.12.12 @ 11:35am
People I wouldn't put in the Hall include...
Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 10.17.12 @ 08:46am
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, The Shirelles and Lovin' Spoonful are all fine bands but not good enough.
Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 10.17.12 @ 08:50am
It's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame....NOT the "Rock" hall of fame. Deal with it. Or form your own.
Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 10.17.12 @ 11:08am
"Horses arrived at a time when rock and roll needed a jolt from its unadventurous rut and upwardly mobile arena-rock pretensions." So now arena rock is upwardly mobile? Before I thought it was illiterate and lumpenproletariat? Boston and Bon Jovi, is that what people listen to on Wall Street? Furthermore, NWOBHM, UK82, Thrash, Speed, basically every variety of punk, Death, Grind and Industrial acts were less than 10 years away in the mid 70s, in many cases 5 or less if not already happening by 1975. This an excellent way to show the Hall's dismissal of popular, hard rocking acts as "illiterate arena rock for hillbillies and flyover yokels" and show their complete disregard for true underground and revolutionary acts.
Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 10.18.12 @ 07:00am
@Nickbeard-I always found Horses to be an insanely overrated album. Even the best track on it is a rearranged cover of two 60s songs. And tales of its supposed significance are laughable. All the punk era bands cited the Stooges and the Velvet Underground and the NY Dolls. The key to why Horses was always highly regarded by the music writers was because it was so reactionary. It reminded them of their folk/poetry glory days. But as far as being innovative or in any way foreshadowing the future, it was irrelvant. I don't think it's a horrible album, just nothing that would warrant its reputation. Seems to be a lot of that with certain acts.
Posted by astrodog on Friday, 10.19.12 @ 17:12pm
^It is insane that there would be any punk in there while excluding the MC5 and NY Dolls. Ask Iggy Pop himself about the Five and whether they should be in the Hall.
Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 10.23.12 @ 19:02pm
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees who would vote for N.W.A
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 11.13.12 @ 09:06am
Gangsta rap was first started by Kool G. Rap not NWA. Run DMC is probably just in because they had a HUGE song with Aerosmith.
Posted by Rusty Shackleford on Monday, 12.17.12 @ 06:43am
"Run DMC is probably just in because they had a HUGE song with Aerosmith."
Posted by Chalkie on Saturday, 12.22.12 @ 06:57am
"I don't want street poetry. I WANT ROCK."
Posted by Chalkie on Saturday, 12.22.12 @ 07:04am
"I don't want street poetry. I WANT ROCK."
Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 12.23.12 @ 05:53am
LOL at people saying NWA shouldn't get in because they're rap and not rock.
Posted by Patrick on Friday, 01.25.13 @ 11:24am
Heavy metal is rock, okay? It is Very Hard Rock.
Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 02.27.13 @ 10:33am
That was a great rant and all, but "Hard Rock and Heavy Metal" is fairly specific. "Rock and Roll" is a much more inclusive, umbrella-like term. Almost every genre today, with very few exceptions, did evolve from or intertwined alongside rock and roll.
Posted by Paul K on Friday, 03.1.13 @ 01:33am
Just a question about your commit, Paul. Doses that make people like Carly Ray Jepsen and One Direction are rock and roll?
Posted by Andrew on Friday, 03.1.13 @ 12:06pm
Absolutely. Carly Rae Jepsen is pop rock, and One Direction is power pop, and they're both dance-oriented. Neither one seems remotely Hall of Fame/2030's classic rock station caliber, but they're both under the general term "rock".
Posted by Paul K on Friday, 03.1.13 @ 12:22pm
One last thing Paul, do you ever read commets that I post on people like Sam Cooke and Chuck Berry? And if so, what do you think about them?
Posted by Andrew on Friday, 03.1.13 @ 14:38pm
Gotta tell you, as a 30-something white guy I was "working" the show for the concert promoter when I saw these guys. I wasn't into hip hop or whatever genre of music they presented. And as a 50-something now, I'm still not a big fan of hip hop. But when I saw them I was BLOWN AWAY. They were fabulous, fantastic, whathever adjective you want to use to describe really, really good. These guys deserve to get in!
Posted by Zod Blutto on Tuesday, 03.19.13 @ 11:52am
Don't worry, there is definitely a 90% chance of NWA being inducted next year.......unless the voters pull off something dumb.
Posted by Good Tastes on Saturday, 05.18.13 @ 09:00am
Ok. I get that rap doesn't technically fit in ROCK music in sole terms of genre. But if Rap musicians shouldn't be in the RRHOF then neither should the following: ABBA, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Johnny Cash, Otis Redding, James Taylor, Carole King, ANYBODY FROM THE MOTOWN LABEL, really just choose someone who didn't play in a four piece band. To me, rock and roll is a blanket statement for any modern music genre that can trace itself back to the originals of the genre. And considering that rap is basically a more populist form of rock, Due to the fact that a lot of its originators came from backgrounds where the family/school/community could not afford to give them actual instruments, they ended up peiceing together from their favorite songs in order to create something new. Just like most musicians ever. Not to mention, rap haters, have you tried to rap or work a turntable? It actually requires a certain type of musicality that even honest to god rock musicians can't master. It requires rhythm, a knowledge of percussion, and the willingness to be creative at a moment's notice. Not to mention Rap holds to the ideals of rock and roll. Creativity, inviduality, ingenuity, and fearlessness. I mean Ice Cube is not for the pop charts for a reason.So please hate on rap all you want but to be absolutely honest, modern American music would have stagnated as soon a Nirvana ended.
Posted by RoRo on Monday, 05.20.13 @ 14:25pm
Ice Cube was a poet and Dre was a multi instrumentalist so yah they deserve to get in. And eventually a LOT more rap artists will get in because rap had a period of time were it was making the best quality music and I think rap makes the best music right now.
Posted by TooLate on Sunday, 07.21.13 @ 01:24am
They'll probably get in, but I'll pass on this poetry.
Posted by Cheesecrop on Monday, 07.22.13 @ 20:11pm
List of Hip-Hop Acts that deserve induction
Posted by TooLate on Sunday, 03.30.14 @ 23:40pm
NO JUST NO... Where do I start these talentless hacks (gangsta rap is responsible for the decline of Hip-Hop) were a gangsta rap group... One of the trailblazers in that genre... Unfortunately they will get inducted eventually due to pioneering a terrible subgenre (Gangsta Rap)... All I have to say is it's a shame only one of them caught AIDS (Rest in Piss Eazy E)... Regrettably I have to say yes... Now back to my positive Alternative Hip-Hop.
Posted by Michael on Sunday, 05.11.14 @ 18:54pm
Ps: The D.O.C. Was the only member with any real talent... But that was all destroyed by a car crash.
Posted by Michael on Sunday, 05.11.14 @ 18:59pm
It's nice to see that all that positive alt-hip hop has made you a very positive person, rather than the sort of person who'd take the piss (pun unintended) out of a dead man.
Posted by GFW on Monday, 05.12.14 @ 11:45am
It occurred to me yesterday during a discussion with a friend that NWA would not be likely to make it in the Hall this year despite being the only Hip Hop act on the ballot, and it wouldn't be because they are a Rap group. It is because they are such a controversial group for their lyrical content and style. You just have to look at the history of other groups with the HOF who were subject of controversy or were considered somewhat *extreme*:
Posted by shrek on Tuesday, 10.21.14 @ 15:56pm
Hopefully the new movie about N.W.A. "Straight Outta Compton" will help there chances!
Posted by Ryan on Tuesday, 04.28.15 @ 16:58pm
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