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Ice Cube on N.W.A.’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction: We WERE Rock and Roll


Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicThough pioneering hip-hop group N.W.A. broke up decades ago, they’re having a very good year.  After being the subject of the Oscar-nominated movie Straight Outta Compton, the group is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight in Brooklyn, New York.

Kendrick Lamar will induct the group, which consisted of DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and the late Eazy-E.  They’ll be the fifth rap artist inducted into the Hall, following Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Run-D.M.C., the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy.

“I’m honored, I’m humbled, I’m grateful, I never thought it would happen,” Ice Cube tells ABC Radio.  He laughs, “The way we were treated by music when we first came out, people thought we was, y’know, straight from hell, y’know what I’m saying?”

As for whether rap belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cube says most definitely.

“It’s cool that y’know after 30 years, people realize that we were rock and roll, y’know? We were outside the box, we were coming from the heart, we was being honest with what we wanted to do, and it landed us in the Hall of Fame.”

The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place April 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.  Other artists being inducted this year include classic rock acts Chicago, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and Steve Miller. The event will air on HBO April 30.

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