NWA, LL Cool J and Chic Didn’t Make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Seriously?

The music organization needs to do a better job of giving hip-hop and R&B artists their due.

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Disco legends Chic, who hold the current record of eight nominations without being inducted, were the sound of the ’70s. And while that era was tarnished by the misguided (and possibly racist) “disco sucks” backlash, no one can deny the influence that Chic had on our collective asses and on music—the bass line from “Good Times” has became a staple of hip-hop samples. Of course, nowadays disco has been gentrified into EDM (electronic dance music), with groups like Daft Punk dominating the airwaves. And who helped Daft Punk craft their critically acclaimed sound on the 2013 album Random Access Memories, including the hit track “Get Lucky”? Chic co-founder-guitarist Nile Rodgers.

Honorable Mention: The Meters

When it comes to funk, everyone will always think of James Brown (inducted in 1986), Sly and the Family Stone (inducted in 1993) and George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic (inducted in 1997), but that list should include New Orleans funkmeisters The Meters, who have been eligible for inductions for decades but have been nominated only a handful of times. The group have been so influential in the sound of music, particularly in R&B and hip-hop (the list of hip-hop artists who have sampled their work include the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, J Dilla and A Tribe Called Quest), they deserve their own section in the rock hall. You may not have heard of them, but you’ve no doubt heard their sound, including the 1969 single “Cissy Strut,” which has been used in countless movies and TV shows.

Genetta M. Adams is a contributing editor at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.

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