Hip-Hop Duo Eric B. & Rakim Among 2024 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

The nomination is notable because the majority of Rakim’s lyrics relate to his identity as a Muslim, which has gone on to influence other contemporary Muslim rappers.

Hip-Hop Duo Eric B. & Rakim Among 2024 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees
Every year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame unveils a lineup of musical icons whose contributions have left an indelible mark on the landscape of popular music, and the 2024 nominees list is no exception.

Every year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame unveils a lineup of musical icons whose contributions have left an indelible mark on the landscape of popular music, and the 2024 nominees list is no exception.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has just named the hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim and 14 other nominees for induction into its 2024 class. The acts honored span genres such as pop, hard rock, hip-hop and R&B.

Eric B. & Rakim’s nomination is notable because the majority of Rakim’s lyrics relate to his identity as a Muslim, which has gone on to influence other contemporary Muslim rappers. "I love what I live and I live Islam, so I applied it to everything I do," Rakim told The Final Call in a 2009 interview. "I applied it to my rhymes and I felt that I wanted the people to know what I knew. I felt that I was put here for that purpose and I just want to fulfill my legacy as far as being a conscious rapper and putting the word that I felt the streets needed to hear out there."

Rakim of Eric B. & Rakim isn’t the only Muslim musician nominated for entry into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year. A Tribe Called Quest was also nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year, and two-thirds of the group’s surviving members (Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad) converted to Islam during the group’s height in the mid-1990s. Sinéad O'Connor was also nominated this year following her unexpected death last year.

The full 15 nominees for induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame are Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Cher, Dave Matthews Band, Eric B. & Rakim, Foreigner, Peter Frampton, Jane’s Addiction, Kool & the Gang, Lenny Kravitz, Oasis, O’Connor, Ozzy Osbourne, Sade and A Tribe Called Quest. 

Notably, 10 of the 15 nominees — Carey, Cher, Foreigner, Frampton, Kool & the Gang, Kravitz, Oasis, O’Connor, Osbourne and Sade — are making their debut appearance on the ballot. While Osbourne has previously been inducted as a member of Black Sabbath, this is his first nomination as a solo artist. 

John Sykes, chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, expressed his excitement about the nominees, emphasizing the importance of honoring artists who have carved out their own unique paths in the world of music. "This remarkable list of nominees reflects the diverse artists and music that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honors and celebrates,” Sykes said. “Continuing in the true spirit of rock & roll, these artists have created their own sounds that have impacted generations and influenced countless others that have followed in their footsteps.”

The 2024 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will stream live this fall on Disney+, followed by an edited version of the ceremony airing on ABC at a later date. 

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