Legendary New York duo Eric B & Rakim have been nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Hall Of Fame. This is the second time the pair have been selected. However, they have still failed to be successful.
The dynamic duo were nominated on February 8th, and Eric B’s manager Louis’ Uncle Louie’ Gregory confirmed their selection on Twitter/X, writing, “Just in@EricBandRakim are nominated for the rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame! Representing @EricB is not just my job. it’s my honour!”
Eric B & Rakim were nominated over a decade ago, in 2012, but were unsuccessful as they needed to receive more votes to be inducted. Since their first nomination, newer and far less iconic MCs have been accepted and inducted.
Idolised for his 1987 album, Paid In Full, Rakim (real name William Griffin Jr.) advanced hip-hop by ignoring the prevalent cadences of early-’80s rap. His approach to lyricism was far from basic. It was fascinatingly complex. The schemes intertwined different rhymes, and the rhyming sat in the pockets of the offbeat.
Eric B produced catchy beats with fantastic production. His instrumentals made waves with his production style and, along with the likes of Rick Rubin and Man Parrish, encouraged hip-hop producers to widen their search for unique and compelling music to sample.
Many believe they already deserve to be in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. However, many of the figures on the board have been hesitant to allow them into the Hall Of Fame.
Last year, Missy Elliott became the first female rapper to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Taking to Twitter/ X she wrote, “I want to say this is HUGE not for just me but all my Sisters in HIPHOP this door is now OPEN to showcase the hard work that many of us WOMEN contribute to MUSIC,. I have cried all day because I am GRATEFUL thank you @rockhall & all on the committee & Supafriends.”