As we told you in a recent post, Gene Simmons, bassist/singer for Kiss, had more than a few choice words for the music business and in particular, rap music.
“I am looking forward to the death of rap,” he told Rolling Stone. “I’m looking
forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I’m concerned, is by definition lyric and melody… or just melody.”
Expanding, Simmons also said that all genres are cyclical. “Rap will die,” the controversial singer reiterated. “Next year, 10 years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy.”
The Kiss frontman also pointed to his background when explaining his feelings on rap. “I don’t have the cultural background to appreciate being a gangster. Of course that’s not what it’s all about, but that’s where it comes from. That’s the heart and soul of it. It came from the streets.”
In response to his comments, rapper Talib Kweli has fired back at Simmons via Twitter. “Would it be unfair of me to say I’m looking forward to the death @genesimmons or nah?” he wrote alongside a screenshot of Simmons’ Rolling Stone interview. “Chuck Berry shits on Kiss.” he added, name-dropping the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer.
Simmons, who has never been afraid to voice his opinion, and in the past has criticized rap’s inclusion in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, later responded to a Twitter user asking if the RS quote was accurate. “Save this,” he wrote. “Everything has it’s [sic] day. Rock. Folk. Raga. Doo Wop. New Romance. Grunge. Alternative. Rap. Wait n see.”