The boys with Tri-State area roots join big names like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns n Roses in the class of 2012 inductees.
The group, formed in 1979, consists of Adam Yauch, Mike Diamond and Adam Horowitz.
The first white act to make real inroads in the emerging genre, they were known initially for boorish party music, but would develop into a group critically acclaimed for its musicality, experimenting with different soundscapes, even producing an instrumental album.
After Sept. 11, the group organized and performed at the New Yorkers Against Violence Concert in October 2001.
In 2004, they released their sixth studio album as additional nod to the Big Apple. Titled “To the 5 Boroughs,” the album was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 47th Grammy Awards.
The Rock and Roll Hall of fame induction ceremony will be held in Cleveland, where the rock hall is based, on April 14.
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