N.W.A ON MAKING IT INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME: ‘YOU GOTTA EARN IT’

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“It’s been a busy weekend for N.W.A. Not only is Straight Outta Compton, the 2015 movie based on the pioneering rap group, the recipient of the True Story award at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards, the hip-hop icons were themselves inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday.

“It’s wonderful, because the group, as we’re talking onstage, it’s the same energy that was in 1989,” DJ Yella told MTV News, about the enshrinement, when we spoke to him on the Movie Awards red carpet. “That energy hasn’t been around in a long time, and it was just like, ’Wow.’ You can see the excitement on our face. We won! We in here with big-time, heavyweight groups. You can’t buy your way into this. You can’t lie. You can’t do nothing. You gotta earn it.”

And they sure earned it.

At the ceremony in Cleveland, Kendrick Lamar, also a Compton native, introduced the group. You can watch his words of respect and admiration below: