Public Enemy never wanted fans to believe the hype, but since fans were the ones who voted them onto the list of 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, the rap group has lived up to their reputation.
The collective’s members Chuck D., Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, the S1Ws, (one-time DJ Terminator X) and DJ Lord lead the list, announced Tuesday (December 11), along with late disco diva Donna Summer, Canadian rockers Rush, sister-duo Heart, singer/songwriter Randy Newman and blues guitarist Albert King. For the first time in Rock Hall history, fans were invited to vote for their favorite musicians, knocking out nominees such as Deep Purple, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and N.W.A.
Public Enemy will join a narrow group of hip-hop acts, including the Beastie Boys, Run-DMC and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
First breaking out in 1987 with Yo! Bum Rush the Show and subsequently releasing their groundbreaking It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, the rap group rebelled against social and political powers. With songs like “Fight the Power” and “911 Is a Joke,” Public Enemy changed the course of rap forever.
Donna Summer once reigned over the 1970s dance music scene, and now, she will rule the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Known for her hits “Hot Stuff,” “Last Dance” and “Bad Girls,” Summer died in May from lung cancer. The posthumous induction will honor her “Queen of Disco” status and her ability to create infectious dance tunes.
As non-performers, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones will also make their way into the Hall of Fame and will be acknowledged at the April 18, 2013, ceremony in Los Angeles.
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