Since 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall Fame has been honoring artists within the rock, blues, soul and even nation music genres. Since 2007, the museum has been including hip-hop artists to their prestigious Hall Fame inductions.

Currently, solely six hip-hop acts have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame. They are Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, N.W.A and Tupac Shakur.

In 2007, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five grew to become the primary rappers to be inducted into the Hall. The museum couldn't have made a greater first selection. The South Bronx group are the embodiment hip-hop tradition. Two years later, Run-DMC, the trio introduced hip-hop to the suburbs due to their rap-rock model Aerosmith's "Walk This Way," was ushered in.

Then got here the Beastie Boys in 2012. The group began out as a punk act, then moved to rap, the place they included traditional rock samples into their recordings to nice industrial success. Public Enemy, who joined the following yr, was one other nice induction. They have at all times maintained a rock mentality of their music but in addition introduced a way social activism to rap as nicely.

West Coast rap icons N.W.A proved to be the Hall's most controversial inductees. But their in-your-face rhymes and highly effective musicality definitely influenced rock and vice versa. Finally, 2Pac was posthumously inducted in 2017. In addition to being a gifted rapper, his work ethic  and legendary rap standing made him a worthy honoree.

In honor the Rock and Roll Hall Fame, the Boombox determined to have a look again in any respect the rap HoF honorees. Check out movies their acceptance speeches and thrilling performances beneath.

In 2007, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious have been the primary rap act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame. The South Bronx group are the pioneers early rap with their socially-conscious songs like “The Message” and the anti-cocaine observe “White Lines." Meanwhile, Grandmaster Flash would grow to be a visionary behind the turntables together with his abilities at break-beating.

At the 2007 induction ceremony, Jay-Z — a particular future Hall candidate — ushered in Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and praised them for his or her innovation in rap music.

"Rock performed an enormous half in what we do," stated Grandmaster Flash throughout his acceptance speech. "It's been an unbelievable journey to do what I do on the turntables with 5 unbelievable vocalists – the Furious Five."

Melle Mel added, "To all the business folks that have management what we known as hip-hop, I would love the folks to place extra an effort to make hip-hop the tradition music that it was as a substitute the tradition violence that it’s proper now."

For their efficiency, the enduring rap group took audiences on a nostalgic journey in style breakbeats earlier than ending their efficiency with "The Message."


If there could possibly be solely rap group that deserves to be within the Rock and Roll Hall Fame, it might be Run-DMC. The legendary Queens group efficiently merged rock and rap along with their traditional 1985 track “Walk This Way” (that includes Aerosmith), which sparked the sub-genre known as rap-rock. Not solely that, Run-DMC have had many firsts within the rap recreation together with in enterprise with being the primary rap group to snag a sneaker endorsement deal.

At the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall Fame induction ceremony, Eminem was tapped to usher Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels and the late Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell into the HoF. The Detroit rhymer cited them as his musical heroes.

"Two turntables and a microphone, that's all it took to alter the world," he stated ( MTV News). "Three kings from Queens made rap music within the b-boy stance a worldwide phenomenon."

"And 25 years later, man, right here we’re," he continued. "They didn't take no for a solution, a lot the identical method as they didn't hand over when a lot the world refused to acknowledge rap as actual music. They have been the primary rock stars rap. They have been the primary film stars rap. They have been the primary rap group performed on MTV…they have been the baddest the dangerous, the good the cool. Two turntables and a microphone."


In April 2012, the Beastie Boys have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame by fellow Def Jam artist LL Cool J. The rap veteran thanked the trio for bringing their ingenious fashion and wit to hip-hop and for locating a 16-year-old rap dynamo.

“The cause I’m right here tonight and the explanation this was so essential to me is as a result of if it wasn’t for the Beastie Boys who] really performed my demo tape for Rick Rubin within the NYU dormitory, I wouldn't have gotten my large break,” stated LL.

Beastie Boys Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz appeared on the ceremony sans Adam "MCA" Yauch who was battling most cancers on the time. Sadly, MCA would succumb to the illness a month later.

“I’d wish to dedicate this to my brothers Adam and Mike,” he wrote in a letter Rolling Stone. “They walked the globe with me. It’s additionally for anybody who has ever been touched by our band. This induction is as a lot ours as it’s yours.”

For their musical tribute, rappers Black Thought, Kid Rock and Travie, together with the Roots band and DJ Mixmaster Mike on the turntables, carried out an exhilarating melody Beastie Boys tracks together with "No Sleep Til Brooklyn," "So What Cha Want" and "Sabotage."


Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte did the honors ushering Public Enemy into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame. The iconic rap group – Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Pressor Griff and Terminator X – have been being saluted for his or her longevity in addition to for his or her activism in hip-hop.

“Mr. Belafonte had stated that activists are the gatekeepers fact and civilization’s radical voice. We have coined our personal time period for what we do on this similar spirit – raptivism,” stated Chuck D throughout his acceptance speech. "This award is simply not ours, we come from DJ tradition. A tradition that values bringing the noise from various message from Minister Louis Farrakhan to Anthrax."

"Tonight what we’re being honored for is simply not the longevity however for talent at our craft and our tenure as a bunch and people inside," he continued. "Rap music and hip-hop at his greatest does the suitable factor."

Afterward, they bum-rushed the stage and delivered a rousing efficiency their anthemic bangers "Rebel Without Pause" and "Fight the Power."


N.W.A grew to become a hot-button matter on social media following their announcement that they’d be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame in 2016. Kiss bassist Gene Simmons was an outspoken critic their induction, stating that teams like N.W.A and different rap artists have been "not rock 'n' roll sufficient" to be inducted. At the Rock and Roll Hall Fame induction ceremony, N.W.A took Simmons to activity for his remarks.

"The query is, 'Are we rock 'n' roll?'" Ice Cube requested throughout his acceptance speech. "And I say — you goddamn proper we rock 'n' roll."

"Rock 'n' roll just isn’t an instrument. It's not even a mode music," he continued. "It's a spirit that's been happening for the reason that blues, jazz, bebop, soul, rock 'n' roll, R&B, heavy metallic, punk rock, and sure, hip-hop."

Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar ushered the group into the Hall. Sadly, N.W.A didn't carry out on the occasion as a consequence of technical difficulties past their management.


Another small controversy occurred when Tupac Shakur was chosen to be immortalized in 2017. Chuck D felt it was too soon to honor the late rapper and steered that LL Cool J would have been a greater candidate. The Queens rapper was first nominated again in 2013 with Public Enemy.

Nevertheless, 2Pac was posthumously inducted into the HoF. Fellow rapper and former Death Row artist Snoop Dogg mirrored fondly on his pal who he known as "his homeboy."

"To be human is to be many issues without delay, robust and weak, hardheaded and mental, brave and afraid, revolutionary and…oh yeah, don’t get it fucked up, gangsta," he stated. "To me, Tupac was firstly, the homeboy. We shared lots in frequent. In a method, our journeys began collectively."

"'Pac’s an element historical past for a cause, as a result of he made historical past," he added. "He’s hip-hop historical past, He’s American historical past."

For his musical tribute, Grammy Award-winning pianist Alicia Keys carried out a medley 2Pac's hits together with "I Ain't Mad at Cha" and "Dear Mama." Then Snoop, YG, Treach and T.I. got here out and rapped 'Pac's traditional songs "Gangsta Party," "Hail Mary" and "Keep Ya Head Up," respectively.