N.W.A Won't Perform at 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony, Ice Cube Says
UPDATE: A Rock Hall rep has issued the following statement to Billboard: "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame looks forward to inducting the members of N.W.A at the ceremony that will air on HBO on April 30. We are excited about delivering fans a great show and humbled to honor such deserving artists."
Despite the iconic hip-hop group's applause-worthy induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, N.W.A won't be performing at the prestigious event on Friday at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
"Nah, we’re not performing. I guess we really didn’t feel like we were supported enough to do the best show we could put on," he said. When asked if the no-show was due to organizers, Cube continued, "Pretty much, yeah. We wanted to do it on a whole other level, and that just couldn’t happen. But we’re totally honored, humbled and appreciative to the Hall for even just considering us, inducting us and inviting us."
Cube also addressed Kiss legend Gene Simmons' comments about rappers' inclusion in the Rock Hall. "I respect Gene Simmons, but I think he’s wrong on this, because rock ’n’ roll is not an instrument and it’s not singing," said the MC. "Rock ’n’ roll is a spirit. N.W.A is probably more rock ’n’ roll than a lot of the people that he thinks belong there over hip-hop. We had the same spirit as punk rock, the same as the blues."
Reps for the Rock Hall and Ice Cube did not immediately respond to Billboard's requests for comment.