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Posted: March 18, 2016

Gene Simmons of Kiss Trashes Rap, Talib Kweli Fires Back

By Houston Williams (@AllHipHopcom)

(AllHipHop News) Gene Simmons has been a long critic of Hip-Hop, but now he has stated that he wishes for the complete death of the genre.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the front man of antiquated rock band Kiss takes aim at rap again.

“I am looking forward to the death of Rap. I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking, “ said the 66-year old. “A song, as far as I’m concerned, is by definition lyric and melody … or just melody.”

Simmons stated he felt rap will cease to exist in about 10 years.

“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,” he said.

Later in the interview, he seemingly pigeon-holed all rap music into the “gangsta rap” category.

“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,” he concluded.

The remarks did not get past emcee Talib Kweli.

“Would it be unfair of me to say I’m looking forward to the death or nah? Chuck Berry shits on Kiss,” the Brooklyn rapper stated.

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