Few things symbolize Los Angeles better than our ineffable hip-hop scene, which has produced some of the most groundbreaking rappers in the country. On April 8, a handful of those artists will descend upon the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame to leave their mark on the hallowed institution: N.W.A. will be inducted to the Hall by Kendrick Lamar in a ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Arena.
Lamar—whose single “How Much A Dollar Cost?” was President Barack Obama’s favorite song of last year—has spoken regularly about how influential N.W.A. was on his career and his art. In the red band trailer for Straight Outta Compton, Lamar says, “When I think of NWA, it wasn’t really music to me. It was more like a real lifestyle.”
In turn, Dr. Dre told Zane Lowe of Beats 1 in 2015 that “Kendrick Lamar is the real deal. He’s a real artist and he’s gonna be here for awhile, because this guy is seriously talented.”
N.W.A. will be inducted alongside Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, Steve Miller and Burt Berns. The ceremony will air on HBO on April 30.