Public Enemy to be Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Legendary rap group Public Enemy are now part of an exclusive cohort only earned by the best of the best in the music industry. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that the hip-hop duo, who have over 30 years in the game, will be inducted along with seven other highly-achieved musicians. The late disco queen Donna Summer and prolific producer Quincy Jones are a few of the noted artists.
Chuck D and Flavor Flav, who've been the faces of Public Enemy since 1982, will be the only hip-hop act brought into the Hall of Fame this year. West Coast all-stars N.W.A. were also nominated but were passed over by voters for induction.
Other hip-hop inductees in the past have included Run-DMC in 2009, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, who were the first rap group to be given the honor in 2007.
This nod is well deserved for Public Enemy, known for their revolutionary and politically-conscious lyrics as well as their style -- who can ever forget Flavor Flav's colorful clock chains? Other members like Professor Griff and his S1W group as well as DJ Lord helped to contribute to the 12 studio albums PE has under their collective belt.
One of their most popular songs, 'Fight the Power,' released in June 1989, was a No. 1 rap single on the Billboard charts and also served as the theme music for Spike Lee's classic film, 'Do the Right Thing', released the same year.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction takes place in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre. The ceremony airs Sat., May 18, 2013 on HBO.
Watch Public Enemy's 'Fight the Power' Video