The legendary group from Los Angeles paved the way for an entire coast of hip-hop hopefuls for generations to come when they broke out in 1988 with their Straight Outta Compton LP, and one of the main beneficiaries as of recent has been Kendrick Lamar — a protege of Dr. Dre and signee to his Aftermath label. During the promotion for the N.W.A. biopic released last year, Kendrick teamed with Billboard to interview the group.
Just last week, Ice Cube introduced Best Rap Album at the GRAMMYs, which Kendrick Lamar ultimately won for To Pimp A Butterfly. Now, on a much more personal stage, Kendrick gets to return the favor.
The Hall of Fame ceremony will air April 30 on HBO.