In a well articulated acceptance speech, Ice Cube defended NWA’s right to be inductees in the latest class of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
“The question is, ‘Are we rock ‘n’ roll? And I say — you goddamn right we rock ‘n’ roll. Rock ‘n’ roll is not an instrument. It’s not even a style of music. It’s a spirit that’s been going on since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, heavy metal, punk rock, and yes, hip-hop. Rock ‘n’ roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and life. That is rock ‘n’ roll and that is us.”
That’s fucking poetry and a damn good defense of their right to be at the pinnacle of musical achievement.