Run-DMC To Be Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

To call them just another rap group that paved the way for todays "rappers" is to do a grave injustice to Run-DMC and the acomplishments that the legendary pioneers of rap have contributed to the game. The Hollis Queens natives, are among the latest class of inductees to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Run-DMC is only the second rap group to make it in, the first is Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five, which was inducted back in 2007.

"This year's class of inductees truly represents what the Hall of Fame is all about. From classic artists that began their careers in the 50's and 60's to those that have defined the modern sound of rock and roll," Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President & CEO Joel Peresman said in a statement. "These artists demonstrate the rich diversity of rock and roll itself. We are proud to honor these artists and celebrate their contribution to rock and roll's place in our cultureappers are being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Run-DMC joins heavy-metal band Metallica, guitarist Jeff Beck, soul singer Bobby Womack and doo-wop group Little Anthony and the Imperials in this year's inductee class. Rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson gets a nod as an early influence, and the sidemen inductees are Spooner Oldham and two of Elvis Presley's musicians - drummer D.J. Fontana and bassist Bill Black.

The induction will be held in Cleveland on April 4.

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