The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony is rapidly approaching and it remains the biggest Hall of Fame where many people who are considered for or are already in openly trash. As such it is news to us when a musician who we think has a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame worthy resume has an opinion as to whether they should be in or whether they even care is news to us. The latest person to have to discuss their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame credentials is RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, who in an interview with Rolling Stone feels that his original group belongs in Cleveland.
He had this to say:
“I think we should [get in], and I do care. It may take some time to get in there. I think it’s good for us and I think it’s good for rock & roll, because hip-hop is a form of music that grabs from every genre, but definitely grabs from rock & roll.
Rock & roll has a certain spirit; it was the spirit of the Sixties and Seventies youth,” he says. “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.
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 first take away for us is that we are happy that RZA expresses that he wants to see the Wu-Tang Clan accepted in that institution and that it means something to him. The second is that we here at Notinhalloffame.com have always question just what the meaning of rock and roll is at this stage and have often stated that the name was more of a spirit than an actual style.
The Wu-Tang Clan have been eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2017 and have not been nominated as of yet. As of this writing, they are ranked #20on our list of those to consider for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.