Not yet, but I don’t see why it can’t happen. I mean, since Green Day was inducted, there’s nothing else we couldn’t expect. The late hip hop star, Tupac, has just joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I’m not surprised. It’s not about music, it’s never been.
On the official website of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there’s a section that explains how is the induction process, and at the end of the page we can read this quote of Ice Cube:
“Rock & roll is not an instrument; rock & roll is not even a style of music. Rock & roll is a spirit. … It’s been going since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, R&B, rock & roll, heavy metal, punk rock and, yes, hip-hop. And what connects us all is that spirit. …Rock & roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and in life.”
According to the “brilliant” Ice Cube, rock and roll isn’t about the music, but its attitude. It doesn’t matter what is the music style, if it has an impact on popular culture, so it’s “rock and roll”.
The truth is that even though other music genres may have their legends, none of them have an Elvis, Beatles, David Bowie or Sex Pistols. Popular culture will forever be under the shadow of rockstar legends. The chaos of the counterculture in 60s turned Beatles, Bob Dylan, Janes Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, The Doors, into icons of that cultural movement. But now it’s a completely different scenerio, and if they think that girls behaving like sluts and boys acting like gansgters is relevant, then that’s why the music scene is depressingly horrible now.
I was reading this article on Rolling Stone about “8 Ways Tupac Shakur Changed The World” — I’ll cite some of the most brilliant excerpts:
“ He’s the man who single-handedly transformed a common epithet for a criminal into a source of masculine strength.”
“Shakur’s New York trial for sexual assault was arguably the first rap celebrity court case.”
“… he completed the first rap ‘pre-prison’ album.”
“Shakur is the first dead rapper that made people think he’s still alive.”
I’m surprised they didn’t say that Tupac was the first hip hop to drop the N-word — probably because he wasn’t.
See, if they’re going to induct another genres to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, they should at least make some reasonable choices. If those are the only highlights of Tupac’s career, then I gotta say he just brought the WORST of hip hop and now he’s being PRAISED by it.
Now, why did they induct people like Green Day and 2PAC? What Green Day have done of relevant in their career? American Idiot? That anti-American shite album from when the USA invaded Iraq?
And isn’t it funny that in a moment where racial issues are inflaming in America, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame decides to praise a black guy who got famous — if Rolling Stone magazine isn’t trolling us all — for simply being the first gangster in the music scene? And not only that, 2PAC was inducted by Snoop Dogg, who has recently made a video with Donald Trump being shot.
But just like Ice Cube said, it isn’t about music, but the attitude and message that it carries, so it’s all explained, isn’t it?
Well, but Sex Pistols isn’t in the Hall Of Fame, so why should it matter?
“The even worse insult of it all was asking us to pay for the privilege of attending. There you go. And hello, I’m very much alive. I don’t know about the other members. I don’t view myself or the others as museum pieces. When you get the bigger picture of it, it’s quite insulting. They’re packaging us away as their special thing. We’re not their special thing. We resent the system very seriously. Always have and always will and have no connection with that.” – Johnny Rotten (source)
And here is his very cordial letter to the Hall Of Fame: