Los Angeles rappers N.W.A., whose legacy gained new life with the hit movie”Straight Outta Compton,” join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday with a quartet of 1970s era rock acts.
Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple and Steve Miller are also being honored at a ceremony in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
N.W.A.’s rough-hewn tales of life on the streets tilted the balance toward West Coast rap in the late 1980s on songs like “F— the Police,” ”Boyz-N-The Hood” and “Straight Outta Compton.”
Following the act’s breakup, Dr. Dre became one of music’s most in-demand producers and a billionaire with a high-tech headphone company. Ice Cube moves between music and a successful acting career.