Public Enemy Considers Rock and Rock Hall of Fame Induction Important to Hip-Hop
Public Enemy are one of the upcoming inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – and also one of the few hip-hop acts included. Acts, generally, falling outside of the rock Diaspora have had their induction status questioned, and likely as a result, Chuck D, of Public Enemy, stated to Billboard that the now-classic hip-hop group’s inclusion is not just an honor but important for the genre as a whole.
The rapper explained: "It's not an achievement for Public Enemy per se as much as I think it's an achievement for hip-hop and rap music to be legitimized. Us going in is a win for our peers like Kurtis Blow or KRS-One, Queen Latifah. (Already inducted) Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5, they're our peers, and I feel thankful we're joining that list, but also we look to shine the light on so many others and tell them that this is their induction, too."
He went onto explain that rap needs to be respected as much as rock, stating: "That's always been my fight, to make this genre as official and legitimate as other artists."
Public Enemy and Queen Latifah are not the only rap artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and Run DMC are some of the others included.
Currently, Public Enemy is on the road as part of the Hip Hop Gods Classic Tour Revue, which ends on December 13 in Los Angeles. The tour may resume in 2013.
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