The Wu Tang Clan has been eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame since 2017. So the question is: How long will it take for the iconic and legendary group to not only make the ballot, but be an official recipient and member?
And according to the Rza, the east coast renaissance group’s founder,
“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.”
The producer and actor went on to add how the “spirits” of rock n roll and hip hop are innately similar.
“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.”
He also added how the clan’s breakout single Bring da Ruckus included some rock undertones.
And while we wait for the 2020 Rock & Roll HOF ballot, fans can bet to hear and see a lot from the clan until then. The group is gearing up for the debut of their Of Mics and Men documentary on Showtime. The four-part documentary will debut on the network on May 10 at 9 pm ET/PT. The film will examine the rise to fame of the Staten Island group and celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
This year’s HOF inductees included Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies.
Since the Rock & Roll HOF started inducting hip hop artists in 2007, only six acts have been inducted. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was the first act inducted in 2007, followed by Run-DMC (2009), the Beastie Boys (2012), Public Enemy (2013), N.W.A (2016) and Tupac Shakur (2017).
Yet many believe that Wu Tang Clan may have troubles entering the Rock & Roll HOF because of their Muslim roots. So what do you think is keeping the group from making the ballot?