( 4UMF NEWS ) Gene Simmons Is Waiting For Rap To Die:
Bite your tongue, Gene Simmons! The KISS bassist spit out plenty of venom at hip hop, telling Rolling Stone that he’s “looking forward to the death of rap.”
“I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking,” the 66-year-old rocker told the magazine while promoting the 40th anniversary of the KISS album, “Destroyer.” “A song, as far as I’m concerned, is by definition lyric and melody … or just melody.”
Simmons didn’t stop there, questioning the validity of selecting iconic rap acts like Run DMC and Grandmaster Flash for the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
“You’re killing me,” he said. “That doesn’t mean those aren’t good artists. But they don’t play guitar. They sample and they talk. Not even sing.”
“Rap will die,” he added. “Next year, 10 years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy.”
The tone-deaf rant was part of a diatribe against the state of the music industry:
* Calling rock “dead,” he complained that “there ain’t no new bands. Foo Fighters, I love ’em, but they’re a 20-year-old band. These are long-in-the-tooth bands: Nirvana, Pearl Jam. They’re old bands.”
* He is steaming over streaming, saying he “hates the Internet” and that giving away music for free online is “the crime of the century.”
* And as far as disco divas like Madonna and Jennifer Lopez are concerned, he says “Karoake is more honest,” since the ladies are singing with a backing track.
But the New York product did say one thing that most hip hop fans would probably agree with: “I don’t have the cultural background to appreciate being a gangster,” Simmons told Rolling Stone.
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