Artists are eligible for inclusion 25 years after the release of their first record. The New York hip-hop group have been eligible since 2017.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, RZA said he believed Wu-Tang Clan belonged in the institution. “I think we should [get in], and I do care,” he said. “It may take some time to get in there. I think it’s good for us and I think it’s good for rock and roll because hip-hop is a form of music that grabs from every genre, but definitely grabs from rock and roll.”
He continued to explain the similarities between rock music and hip-hop, saying: “Rock and roll has a certain spirit; it was the spirit of the sixties and seventies youth. “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.”
RZA added that Wu-Tang’s classic single ‘Bring Da Ruckus’ highlighted those similarities, explaining that while he “thought he was making hip-hop shit”, he was actually producing something with a “motherfucking rock and roll groove.”
“I don’t know how the fuck I did that,” he said. “I go back and listen to some of The Beatles’ progressions and some of Zeppelin’s progressions and movements, like, okay, I was on some shit, though.”
The 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction is due to take place on Friday (March 27) at Barclays Center in New York. Radiohead, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, The Zombies, The Cure, Stevie Nicks, and Roxy Music are all set to be inducted.