While no one in their right musical mind can ever debate the impact that hip-hop has had on the world, there is still a sense that many just don't get it, especially during this time of year when Grammy nominations and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are announced.
Most rap fans have come to accept it, so we just shrugged when the Grammy committee failed to recognize YG's My Krazy Life and then again on Tuesday (Dec. 16) when N.W.A. was once again left out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The iconic and pioneering group became eligible last year after their classic debut Straight Outta Compton turned 25 years old.
The groundbreaking LP laid a foundation for gangsta rap and delivered jaw-dropping social commentary throughout. The album's most recognizable track, "F--k tha Police," sent shockwaves through America, as Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy E, MC Ren threw a middle finger at the cops like no other musical act before them.
Lyrics like: "A young n---a got it bad 'cause I'm brown" and "Police think they have the authority to kill a minority," pointed to a real problem in this country, a problem that young men of color still deal with today.
After the recent deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice at the hands of police and the protests and widespread calls for justice the HoF committee could've made a major statement by electing N.W.A. into it's hallowed halls.
But that's not how things work. Public Enemy, Beastie Boys and Run-DMC have all been inducted, and given the Hall's stipulation that an act has to have a debut that is at least 25 years old to be eligible, there are some rap greats who just won't be considered for another couple of years.
I also don't know how much the Hall of Fame's 700-person committee would be influenced to vote in N.W.A. based off of one song, though I'd argue the group deserves an induction because of the way their body of work changed pop music.
Still, it's the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, not that Hip-Hop Hall of Fame, so I'm sure this won't be the last time they let us down because some folks still don't get it.