The producer and rapper’s longtime friend and collaborator always “knew that his gifts were undeniable.”
Stating that the rapper’s music is just “as hard hitting and straight ahead as any metal song.”
Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar, Eurythmics and Carly Simon also get inducted.
The Rock Hall’s inductees will be announced this May.
The rapper’s inner circle reflects on his legacy since 1996.