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The most memorable iteration of N.W.A may have only lasted for one album, but the group behind the most successful music biopic of all-time now has another historical accolade to add to its credit: Rock & Roll Hall of Famers.

The group – which featured Dr. Dre, MC Ren, Ice Cube, DJ Yella & Eazy E – will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next April 8 inside Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center. They will join other honorees, all rock bands in Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Chicago and Steve Miller, at the 31st Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony, which will be televised on HBO. N.W.A’s induction makes them the second hip-hop act ever to gain inclusion into the prestigious Hall, joining 2011 inductees Public Enemy.

To be eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, 25 years must pass between an artist’s first recording. N.W.A’s debut N.W.A & The Posse arrived in 1987, but their landmark album, Straight Outta Compton, released the following year. The success of that album – one of the first rap records to achieve mainstream success without the aid of radio, as well as forcing a far more stringent use of the “Parental Advisory” label – turned N.W.A into household names. Even the FBI had inadvertently given them extra publicity when the government agency sent the group a letter in wake of “Fuck The Police.”

“I am humbled by the nomination and recognition of N.W.A’s contribution to music and culture by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Ice Cube said in a statement to the New York Daily News back when the group was among the 15 finalists. “It has been an incredible year for us as a group, for our loyal fans and in helping us to all keep Eazy-E’s memory alive.”