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Nirvana, N.W.A. Among 2014’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

Photo: Anton Corijn

Nirvana

Photo: Anton Corijn

By Andrew Parks, Contributor

While it's pretty heavy on the old heads — when isn't it, right? — Nirvana managed to land on this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame short list, making the grunge demigods the only nominee who qualified the first year they were eligible. They're joined by a motley crew of candidates, including N.W.A., The Zombies, LL Cool J, The Replacements and Kiss. Oh, and Yes, whose bassist once told Rolling Stone "it would be a magnificent thing if they would include every member of Yes; I think there's about 19 or 20 of us."

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KRS-One, Scott La Rock and B-Boy Records

KRS-One, Scott La Rock and B-Boy Records

By Hua Hsu, ContributorBefore they were legends, they were just two dejected young men trying to get back to the Bronx. In 1986, nobody was checking for Boogie Down Productions, another of the seemingly endless queue of aspiring would-be… more »

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Down from Day One: Death Row Records

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By Hua Hsu, ContributorAt first I couldn't tell what I was watching. It was late afternoon and I was lying on my parents 'bed, flipping channels and passively mapping out the night's homework. Every network seemed to be showing the same thing: a helicopter's-eye-view of people dashing down city blocks and lobbing projectiles; buildings on fire; smoke everywhere. It wasn't until they went to a reporter surveying the scene from a few miles away, blue-skied flatlands interrupted by a tornado of smoke, that I realized it was Los Angeles. That was in April. In a way, this should have been Ice Cube's moment. His post-N.W.A. career had been predicated on a vision of the pissed-off, on-the-verge, urban underclass, and the Los Angeles uprising months earlier had essentially proven his prophecies correct. But he spent the summer of 1992 on the Lollapalooza tour, the token rapper delivering gloom to the suburbs. The fires had come… more »