Chuck D to Rock Hall: LL Cool J Should Be Inducted Before Tupac

He compared LL to Elvis Presley and Little Richard.

By Brian Ives

Tupac Shakur is on the ballot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2017 induction class, and hip-hop fans are hopeful that the legendary MC will be voted in.

Related: Tupac Shakur’s Estate Responds to Rock Hall Nomination

However, one guy who thinks that his induction would be premature is Chuck D of Public Enemy. He tweeted, “Got forever love for PAC BUT there AINT a solo rap act that should get in the RRHOF before @llcoolj I Dont care about what naysayers think.”

He was right to predict naysayers; reaction to that tweet was less than favorable, so Chuck elaborated.

“When @llcoolj entered the rap game there was NOTHING close to the blizzard he came in the game with.1 dude rearranged records & performance.”

He then compared LL to Elvis Presley, saying that LL was “like Liitle Richard or a weird but accurate way Elvis. There was no prior MC that melted all comers.” Of course, the Presley comparison was an unusual choice, as Chuck once rapped, “Elvis was a hero to most/But he never meant s— to me you see/Straight up racist that sucker was/Simple and plain/Motherf— him and John Wayne!” Although his point was likely that LL was the first artist in the genre with huge commercial appeal, who broke down doors for everyone who followed.

Public Enemy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. LL Cool J has been eligible since 2009, and has been nominated three times.


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