Chuck D on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: “Of Course Hip-Hop Belongs”

From Rolling Stone:

Chuck D has little patience for people who say hip-hop acts don’t belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “Hip-hop is a part of rock & roll because it comes from DJ culture,” he says. “DJ culture is the embodiment of all genres and all recorded music, if you actually pay attention to it.”

Next April, Public Enemy will become the fourth hip hop act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Right now, however, Chuck D is extremely frustrated. He just wrapped a grueling cross-country Hip Hop Gods tour featuring Public Enemy, X-Clan, Monie Love, Schoolly D, Leaders of the New School and Awesome Dre, and he feels it didn’t receive enough attention.

“I’m perturbed at the major media for not covering us,” he says. “You didn’t hear about any tours over the last 10 years that weren’t Eminem or Rick Ross or Dre or Jay-Z or Kanye. The media was licking their ass, but we did quite well across the country and got no attention.”

Older rap acts are often called “old school,” but Chuck D thinks they need to be rebranded. “We created another genre called ‘classic rap,'” he says. “I was inspired by the classic rock radio of the Seventies. They separated Chuck Berry and the Beatles from the Led Zeppelins and Bostons and Peter Framptons of the time. In many ways, classic rock became bigger than mainstream rock.”

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