MULTIPLE GRAMMY award-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar will induct iconic rap group N.W.A into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame, it has been announced.
The 28-year-old, who won five out of 11 awards at this year’s Grammys including Best Rap Album, said the pioneering rap group were a major influence on his career.
He told Paper magazine: “People were scared to talk about these kinds of tough situations, but because [Eazy] and the group took it upon themselves to talk about [these things], every artist is able to and they owe it to him.
He added: “He’s not only the birth of gangsta rap, but he’s the birth of a whole legacy of being able to say what you want to say on a record and not being in fear of what others may think and not offending your own art and your own reflection.”
While N.W.A pioneer Ice Cube said there’s “nobody we’d rather have do this”.
Kendrick, who has collaborated N.W.A’s Dr Dre, was recently presented with the keys to the city of Compton and the honour of inducting the local musical heroes has been welcomed as befitting and symbolic of the N.W.A legacy.
The group joins the likes of Michael Jackson, Run DMC and Tina Turner on the elite list following the ceremony on April 8 at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn.
Over 800 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation selected this year’s inductees.