Gene Simmons, the frontman of the famous rock band KISS, is back to saying some less than appropriate things about… everything! This time, he confessed that he literally is "looking forward to the death of rap” in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.
“I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking,” he said. “Rap will die. Next year, 10 years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy.”
While Gene makes a point about the evolution of music, he makes a huge mistake in claiming that it's historically and culturally inferior to rock.
In 2014, he even went on record to question why rap pioneers Run DMC and Grandmaster Flash were inducted into the Rock ’N’ Roll Hall of Fame. "That doesn't mean those aren't good artists. But they don't play guitar. They sample and they talk. Not even sing,” he told Radio.com.
Oh, Gene. Not only does he contradict himself by saying, “I’m all for anybody talking on tracks,” but he then cites rock classics such as “Wild Thing” to prove why talking in rock is better than in hip-hop.
We’re sorry that rap doesn’t fit your style of music, Gene, but let the records show that hip-hop is not only the most influential genre of all time, but that 1991 caused the most explosive set of new sounds and experiments in history. In fact, the 70s— when KISS first began to rule the airwaves— didn’t even make the list!
Oh, and Talib Kweli had a few things to say.