RZA Says Wu-Tang Clan Should Be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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Rage, rock, roll, fight.

There have only been six rap acts to get inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Run-DMC, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, NWA, and Tupac. Who will be the next on that list?

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, legendary producer RZA made his case for the Wu-Tang Clan.

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The group has been eligible for the honor since 2017, but hasn’t had any luck since. RZA wants to change that and he’s openly advocating for the group, saying that he thinks the group should get in and that he does “care.”

READ: The Wu-Tang Clan Discusses Being Targeted By The FBI & Whereabouts Of Their Once Upon A Time In Shaolin Album

Expounding on his thoughts, RZA said:

 Rock & roll has a certain spirit; it was the spirit of the Sixties and Seventies youth. Hip-hop is the Eighties, Nineties, up to now, the youth. It’s called hip-hop, but it’s in the same spirit of rock & roll at the end of the day. Lyrical, stories, music, unorthodox, dissonant sometimes, energetic, all the things that rock is and was, hip-hop embodies.

One interesting thing RZA does note is that “Bring da Ruckus,” the first single from the group’s iconic debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), is technically a rock song:

Listening to a song like ‘Bring da Ruckus,’ I thought I was making hip-hop, but shit, it has a motherfuckin’ rock & roll groove like a motherfucker. I don’t know how the fuck I did that. I go back and listen to some of the Beatles progressions and some of [Led] Zeppelin’s progressions and movements, like, okay, I was on some shit, though.

The 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is going down on Friday, March 29th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Def Leppard, the Zombies, and more will be inducted.

Source: Rolling Stone

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