Does rap belong in the Rock Hall?

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An interesting debate is swirling around the online world this week... Do rap and hip hop artists belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? For that matter, where does pop fall into this?

Over the weekend, Run DMC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some people are not happy, and others don't understand why.

Some say that Run DMC weren't playing instruments — they may have used rock beats, but they were samples. Would you consider Madonna, a pop icon, as worthy of being in the Rock Hall? What about the already inducted Furious Five? Miles Davis has been inducted, too — is he rock 'n' roll?

Here are my thoughts — I'll start with Madonna. She's a pioneer in performing and stirred up controversy, but when you look at who she is keeping company with in the Rock Hall — The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones — would you put her in the same category? I wouldn't.

I also wouldn't include rap and hip-hop acts. Why? It's not a "Music" Hall of Fame — maybe they'll make a Hip-Hop Hall of Fame or Top 40 Hall of Fame, etc. Maybe they need more qualifiers — bands that play instruments live. Madonna is a single artist that is a singer fronting a rotating group of nameless musicians.

Now, Lil Wayne is releasing a rock album in front of live musicians, so should he be inducted into the Rock Hall? Um, no. He's a hip-hop artist who happens to put out one lame rock album... that doesn't qualify him. I wouldn't expect Korn or 311 to go into a Hip-Hop Hall of Fame, either.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's integrity should be held up to a standard that ensures the legacy and quality of acts being inducted. Or maybe the problem is that it's the "Rock and Roll" instead of the "Rock 'n' Roll" Hall of Fame in the first place...?

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