The tone of last night's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was celebratory — for the most part — but some of this year's inductees opted to use their platform to address some not-so-awesome points and deliver two hefty doses of real talk in particular.
When N.W.A. hit the podium to accept their honors at the Barclays Center last night, MC Ren took the opportunity to address a comment made by Gene Simmons. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the Kiss bassist said that he was "looking forward to the death of rap," a view largely unshared by music fans everywhere, including the Straighta Outta Compton icons. MC Ren was short and sweet with his response to Mr. Simmons: "I want to say to Mr. Gene Simmons, hip-hop is here forever — get used to it."
As for Miller, his beef wasn't with another musician, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame itself. Backstage following his induction, the New York Times reports that Miller didn't shy away from speaking his mind. "The whole process is unpleasant," he said of the organization and the induction ceremony. “They need to respect the artists they say they’re honoring, which they don’t ... When they told me I was inducted they said, ‘You have two tickets — one for your wife and one for yourself. Want another one? It’s $10,000. Sorry, that’s the way it goes.' What about my band? What about their wives?”
Miller, when approached by a Rock Hall publicist and asked to "wrap things up" following the comment, grew more agitated. "No, we’re not going to wrap this up — I’m going to wrap you up,” he said. “You go sit down over there and learn something.” The Rock Hall's response? “Rock ’n’ roll can ignite many opinions,” they said in a statement to the Times. “It’s what makes it so great. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was honored to induct Steve Miller tonight and congratulates him.”