Late last year, news broke that legendary rap group N.W.A will be inducted into the esteemed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But with the ceremony less than 24 hours away, one of the collective’s members, Ice Cube, shared some disappointing news.
In an interview with The New York Times, the actor/director explained the reason why the MCs won’t showcase their game-changing tracks on stage.
“I guess we really didn’t feel like we were supported enough to do the best show we could put on,” he said. “We wanted to do it on a whole other level, and that just couldn’t happen. But we’re totally honored, humbled and appreciative to the Hall for even just considering us, inducting us and inviting us.”
N.W.A joins a list of fellow rappers to be inducted into the longstanding register including Public Enemy, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. But this feat didn’t sit well with KISS bassist/singer Gene Simmons who stated the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should only be reserved for those who play the guitar or sing. To that statement, Cube disagreed with Simmons, and explained what rock ‘n’ roll truly is.
“…rock ‘n’ roll is not an instrument and it’s not singing,” he said. “Rock ‘n’ roll is a spirit. N.W.A is probably more rock ‘n’ roll than a lot of the people that he thinks belong there over hip-hop. We had the same spirit as punk rock, the same as the blues.”
The 31st annual induction event will take place on April 8 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and will be televised on HBO on April 30.