At the Barclays Center in New York City on Friday night, N.W.A. took to the stage to accept their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Riding high on the commercial and critical success of their film, Straight Outta Compton, the group reunited for the event, following their infamous split in 1991, but chose not to perform.
Taking aim at Gene Simmons’ recent negative comments about rap in his recent Rolling Stone interview, rapper Ice Cube said in his acceptance speech:
The question is are we rock ‘n’ roll? And I say g–damn right we’re rock ‘n’ roll. Rock ‘n’ roll is not an instrument. Rock ‘n’ roll is not even a style of music. Rock ‘n’ roll is a spirit… Rock ‘n’ roll is not conforming. Rock ‘n’ roll is outside the box and rock ‘n’ roll is N.W.A.
The group was inducted by rapper, Kendrick Lamar, who spoke of the group as “black superheroes.”
In addition, Chicago, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and Steve Miller were also celebrated inductees of the evening.