The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2013 was announced today and legendary hip hop group Public Enemy was among the eight inductees named. The sometimes politically incorrect, always socially conscious rap outfit earned entry into the elite music association in its first year of eligibility — a rare achievement for many hip hop acts.
The influential rap group — led by Chuck D and hype man extraordinaire Flavor Flav — first broke on the scene in 1987 with their firebrand debut album,Yo! Bum Rush the Show, but it was their groundbreaking sophomore effort, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, that helped to change the course of hip hop music. Where their music predecessors rapped about sucker MCs and rags to riches tales, PE delivered the angst of the streets through politically charged music that directed their outrage squarely at the powers that be. Their rebellious approach spawned hip hop classics like "Don’t Believe the Hype, "Bring the Noise" and "Fight the Power."
Along with PE, the Class of 2013 will also feature the late disco legend Donna Summer. The posthumous honor comes seven months after Summer died of cancer at the age of 63. During the height of the disco era, the vibrant songstress dominated the airwaves with hit singles like “Hot Stuff,” “Last Dance” and “Bad Girls.” Summer’s hit-making abilities earned her the Queen of Disco crown.
Music legend Quincy Jones will be inducted as a non-performer as he will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
The 2013 ceremony will be held on April 18 in Los Angeles.
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