Top Dawg Entertainment’s Kendrick Lamar sent chills and helped shed tears across N.W.A. fans’ faces this week after delivering a heartfelt Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction speech.
K. Dot helped usher N.W.A. into even further iconic status with his long-winded but sincere words at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center Friday (April 8) night.
“To be clear, to be very clear, the fact that a famous group can look just like one of us and dress like one of us, talk like one of us, proved to every single kid in the ghetto that you can be successful and still have importance while doing it. That was N.W.A. That was their true message. And I know each and every one of them said they never wanted to be role models, but look … The first time I see Eazy bust through that screen out the jail cell on stage on “We Want Eazy,” I felt like every single one of them was black superheroes where I come from. Because it shows, like I said, people from our community can be on that television screen, be on awards, and still have their voice and be real to themselves. So make some noise for that because that’s the realest thing.”
Lamar also reflected on the amount of success N.W.A.’s Dr. Dre has experienced over the past three decades.
“Being so obsessed with sound that you create your own headphones and force people and fans around the world to listen to deep, intricate sounds the way you outta hear, you dig? Being gangster is partnering with the biggest tech companies and launching groundbreaking music on a whole other platform. So now after 30 years of being heard, being gangster is being inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Ladies and gentleman, without further ado, my good homies, N.W.A! What’s up!
Former N.W.A. member Ice Cube reflected on the memorable day on Instagram.
DJ Yella made sure to capture the unforgettable ceremony on his IG page.