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RZA wants in to the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame

By | Published on Thursday 28 March 2019

Wu-Tang Clan

RZA reckons the Wu-Tang Clan should be inducted into the US Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame. He’s probably right. The Clan’s sort of leader spoke about the American music industry institution to Rolling Stone, admitting that he does care about accolades of this kind.

Said the producer: “I think we should [get in] and I do care. It may take some time to get in there. I think it’s good for us and I think it’s good for rock n roll because hip hop is a form of music that grabs from every genre, but definitely grabs from rock and roll”.

If they did get in – and they are eligible, 25 years having passed since their first record – Wu-Tang Clan would not be the first hip hop act to be inducted. Although all things rap and hip hop are still poorly represented among the big list of Hall Of Fame inductees, Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, NWA and Tupac Shakur are all in there.

Continuing on his theme of the affinity between rock n roll and hip hop, he went on: “Rock and roll has a certain spirit; it was the spirit of the sixties and seventies youth. Hip hop is the eighties, nineties, up to now – the youth. It’s called hip hop, but it’s in the same spirit of rock n roll at the end of the day. Lyrical stories, music, unorthodox, dissonant sometimes, energetic – all the things that rock is and was hip-hop embodies”.