If you were getting excited about seeing N.W.A perform during the airing of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction show, you might as well calm down. It’s not happening. On Friday, N.W.A will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Brooklyn, N.Y., and typically, inductees perform during the ceremony. But in an interview with the New York Times, Ice Cube explained why N.W.A will not.
“I guess we really didn’t feel like we were supported enough to do the best show we could put on,” he said. “We wanted to do it on a whole other level, and that just couldn’t happen. But we’re totally honored, humbled and appreciative to the Hall for even just considering us, inducting us and inviting us.”
Well, that sucks.
Cube also spoke about the Gene Simmons slam hip-hop received. Earlier this year, Simmons stated that rappers and hip-hop acts have no business in the the Hall of Fame because they don't play instruments or sing.
“I respect Gene Simmons, but I think he’s wrong on this, because rock ’n’ roll is not an instrument and it’s not singing. Rock ’n’ roll is a spirit. N.W.A is probably more rock ’n’ roll than a lot of the people that he thinks belong there over hip-hop. We had the same spirit as punk rock, the same as the blues,” Cube stated.
Although the event takes place Friday evening, it will be televised on HBO April 30.