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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees never fail to draw controversy, but this year’s most debated band may top them all.
Last Friday, April 8th 2016, N.W.A. was inducted into the Rock Music Hall of Fame and many fans have expressed their objection to having an R&B Rap group represented as being Rock Music. I like to keep an open mind about such things, but there are some things that illicit an immediate ‘wtf’, and this is one of them.
Admittedly, many rock fans including myself listen to R&B (occasionally) and appreciate music of many different genres, but when I buy a ticket to a rock concert, don my Motorhead t-shirt and push through the crowd at Rock on the Range, I don’t expect to see Dr. Dre. Just to be sure I wasn’t transported to some alternate dimensional bizzarro world, I checked Wikipedia, and it still classifies the band as ‘gangsta rap’, and ‘west coast hip-hop’.
In case you haven’t heard N.W.A. lately, I submit the following YouTube video into evidence.
Recently Gene Simmons weighed in on the conversation.
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) April 9, 2016