NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Hip hop legends from Long Island are bound for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland.
Seminal rap group Public Enemy became just the fourth hip hop act to win induction into the Hall Of Fame as part of the class of 2013.
Listen: Star-Ledger Music Critic Tris McCall Reviews The Class Of 2013 With WCBS 880’s Wayne Cabot
“Public Enemy was a tremendously influential act, but N.W.A. was, if anything, even more influential because they really did kick off gangster rap,” Star-Ledger music critic Tris McCall told WCBS 880’s Wayne Cabot. “If they really do want to do a good job of honoring hip hop, they’re going to have to get N.W.A. in there. Eric B. and Rakim as well.”
This year for the first time, fans were allowed to vote for acts to be inducted.
The other acts set to be enshrined in Cleveland are Donna Summer, Albert King, Rush, Heart and Randy Newman.
Summer, who died this summer, and King, who died in 1992, will be honored posthumously.
Lou Adler and Quincy Jones will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.
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