I'll just say that right out of the gate... I'm gonna get people saying I'm an old man sitting on the front porch with my shotgun and a beer saying that my way is the only way of thinking... this is SO not true.
I was raised on classic rock, but I love many different genres of music. I think it's a stellar class for the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:
- Pearl Jam
- Electric Light Orchestra
- Joan Baez
- Tupac Shakur
The ceremony takes place Friday, April 7, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Neil Young inducting Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne inducting Joan Baez, and Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush inducting Yes. Snoop Dogg is set to posthumously induct Tupac, which sets up my question.
I have no problem with rappers being recognized for their influence in the history of music, but when there's practically a hip-hop hall of fame established elsewhere, wouldn't you say that's more appropriate for Tupac, Biggie, etc.?
Again, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, and N.W.A., are totally in the upper echelon for their craft and are worthy of such accolades, but where do we draw the line?
I'm okay with the argument that "rock 'n roll" is more an attitude than a style/genre/category of music. I respect that. However, if other genres have their own respective halls of fame and museums, why not keep the trend for rock 'n roll?
Where do you stand on this? Is this even an issue for you? Let me know on Twitter.