This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class featured representatives of both hip-hop and progressive rock two genres that have traditionally been under-appreciated by the Hall, with Rush and Public Enemy both getting the nod this year.
Rush’s Alex Lifeson said he feels as if the Hall founders are finally coming around on prog rock. Via The Calgary Herald:
“The progressive movement is not something the founders of the Hall of Fame are too keen on,” said Lifeson, noting that well-regarded prog peers Yes and King Crimson have also been thus far excluded from the Hall.
“But it seems to be changing. If you look at this year’s nominees, it’s really quite an eclectic group…. I kind of like the idea that it is becoming broader and more areas of popular music are being included. And so therefore at some point in the near future, progressive music will start being included.”
Public Enemy, meanwhile, is the fourth hip-hop act to be inducted, joining the Beastie Boys, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and Run DMC. Frontman Chuck D says that it’s not a coincidence that all of the inductees so far are groups, rather than solo MCs. Via MTV:
“The first four inductees in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame from rap’s standpoint are groups. I always felt that hip-hop was a collective effort, groups,” he pointed out before remaking on the dilution of the genre by eliminating rap’s musical component. “Once record companies… turned it into an individual thing, just an MC, that’s when it actually got weaker.”
Heart, Donna Summer, Albert King and Randy Newman were also amongst this year’s inductees.