Believe the hype. Long Island rap group Public Enemy will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, along with an eclectic class that includes hard-hitting Heart, prog-rockers Rush, singer-songwriter Randy Newman, bluesman Albert King and Queen of Disco Donna Summer.
“We are thrilled to announce this year’s class of inductees, which again represents the broad, compelling and significant definition of rock and roll,” said Joel Peresman, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation’s president.
Also set for induction at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on April 18 are nonperformers producer Lou Adler and composer-producer Quincy Jones. Long Beach’s Joan Jett was nominated this year, but passed over on the final list, as were Kraftwerk, N.W.A. and others.
Public Enemy enters the Hall of Fame in its first year of eligibility, 25 years after its debut album “Yo! Bum Rush the Show” was released. Frontman Chuck D told Newsday recently that, as a sports fan, he is honored the group is considered worthy of being in a hall of fame. “I’m a fan of music,” he said. “I’m a fan of The Beatles like I’m a fan of the Isley Brothers.”
Chuck D said he hoped that Public Enemy would be the first hip-hop group to actually perform at full strength at the induction ceremony, since hip-hop’s previous inductees, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys, all had deaths in their groups before they were inducted.
“Our goal, if we ever get in, is to rip that —— house down,” he said. “And we’re not going to speak for ourselves. We’ve got to represent our constituencies. In sports, they say nobody is bigger than the —— game. Well, in music, nobody should be bigger than the —— art.”
Photo: Chuck D of Public Enemy