"Chuck D once said rap was the black CNN," said Lamar. "NWA represents that to the fullest. [They] proved to every single kid in the ghetto that you could be successful and still have your voice while you're doing it."
Lamar honored each member of N.W.A. before Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella walked to the stage while the late Eazy E's "Boyz-n-the-Hood" single played.
Dre gave a lengthy speech mentioning several of the people who affected his career, including his former groupmates and music mogul Jimmy Iovine. He also echoed Lamar's words.
"This is proof to all the kids out there growing up in places like Compton that anything is possible," said Dr. Dre. "You just have to find that thing that's special about you and apply true passion, hard work and talent, and anything can happen."
DJ Yella honored Eazy E by giving his mother the spotlight. Yella was also the first member to mention the blockbuster film that clearly propelled N.W.A. over the top for its Rock Hall induction.
"Universal woke us up with a movie called "Straight Outta Compton," said Yella, before acknowledging the cast and crew on the Oscar-nominated film.
MC Ren used some of his time to take a jab at hip-hop detractor Gene Simmons of KISS, who made comments about the lack of value in rap music. "Hip-hop is here forever, Gene Simmons. Get used to it!" Ren yelled.
Despite saying he wouldn't, Ice Cube took a brief shot at N.W.A.s' controversial manager Jerry Heller, who the group parted ways with. The rapper turned actor also thanked the other members of N.W.A. (along with ghostwriter D.O.C.) who he said he ditched school to record with.
"To the man...Eazy mutha****** E. This is his vision," said Cube. "He wanted us to be honest. He wanted us to be truthful [and] say what we feel. All he cared about was for our story to get recognized and heard. We miss Eazy E and we love him."
And for those who don't think N.W.A. belongs in an institution like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ice Cube had one final message.
"God dam right, we're rock and roll," said Cube. "Rock and roll is not an instrument. It's not even a style of music. It's a spirit...that's what connects us all."