Hip Hop Pioneers LL Cool J & NWA Nominated for 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
There was a time when hip-hop artists were on the fringes. Some even believed that the genre of music was just a trend. Now, some thirty-years later, not only is hip hop a contender in the music industry, some of its artists have a chance to achieve one of the greatest accolades in the music industry: induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The 2014 nominees include a stellar list of musicians who have changed the musical landscape, including rapper, turned actor, LL Cool J and one of the original gangsta-rap groups, N.W.A.
According to vibe.com:
“Our fingers are crossed that N.W.A. and LL Cool J will be the next ones inducted into the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The two hip hop acts are two of 16 Hall of Fame nominees. Other rock bands include Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Link Wray, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Deep Purple and the Zombies. This will be the second nomination for N.W.A., as last year’s nod yielded no placements onboard. The 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in New York next April and will be broadcasted on HBO.”
Many rap enthusiasts and scholars recognize the pivotal roles that both LL Cool J and N.W.A . made in making rap more mainstream. LL Cool J emerged as a solo rapper during the heyday of rap groups such as Run DMC and the Fat Boys. He was also one of the first rap artists to show a more sensitive side with his pseudo-ballad, “I Need Love.” The song propelled LL Cool J as a female fan favorite. Yet, with hits like, “Momma Said Knock You Out,” he still maintained his edge.
Similarly, NWA carved out a new genre that including more vulgar language, sεxually explicit references and a celebration of the vιolent culture that engrossed many inner cities during the late 1980s and early 1990s. They, almost single-handedly, ushered in a new generation of rap artists and lyrics that forever changed the genre. For better or for worse, they are recognized as pioneers.
It still remains to be seen if they will be inducted, but many of their ardent fans are hoping that they will.