During a recent interview Gene Simmons said that “I’m looking forward to the death of rap”. Simmons also added, “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”. These comments are interesting to me as Rap IS the most popular form of music, it is also one of the most influential forms of entertainment. Studies have shown rap to the most influential music genre.
Rap is my favorite musical genre, it influences me and plethora of people, young and old. How people dress, walk, talk, dance, grieve, and express a wide range of emotion. It isn’t just talking over a beat it’s about expressing yourself and how you feel. Whatever you are feeling you can find it in a rap song. A genre made from poor African-Americans in the inner cities of New York, became the most influential forms of music. Effecting people of all color, races, nationalities and backgrounds. People have tried to trivialize and belittle the art form, “it’s a bunch of noise”, “It’s not hard”, “It doesn’t require real skill”, “Its bullshit”, all things i have heard about the genre. All of these arguments are based in ignorance. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I’m entitled to call that argument bullshit, excuse my French. What really is interesting about Simmons comments is that people said the same thing about rock’ n roll. The same arguments that have been said about rap and hip-hop culture, it has happened with rock n roll. The crazy thing is , many people calling Rock, “The Devils Music”, so on and so forth. Simons also stated his opinion on Rap musicians being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “You’ve got Grandmaster Flash in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Run-DMC in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? You’re killing me. That doesn’t mean those aren’t good artists. But they don’t play guitar. They sample and they talk. Not even sing.” Talib Kweli decided to comment on the situation on Twitter.
Talib tweeted “Some KRS One lyrics for @GeneSimmons
It baffles me as many people including gene think that rap is just talking over a beat. It takes talent to make a song that people gravitate towards and actually want to listen to. When people say that it is so easy and that they can do it, my question is why don’t you? Why don’t you try to make a song pleasurable to the ears of millions. Why don’t you? A recent conversation i had with an acquaintance of mine, he said that rap was a joke and that he could do it, my response to him why hasn’t he done it yet. Why are you sitting in a shitty house, drinking shitty alcohol, in run down clothes, with an iPhone 4 if you have all the keys to success? He quickly tried to backtrack and i just cut the conversation off. To actually be a good rapper is more than just rhyming words together, you have to be relatable, you must have good production, you have to be able to stay on beat and flow over that beat. Then you have to market and get your music mastered, it’s more than just rhyming and it infuriates me that people think it’s just that simple. An artist actually has to have talent and be marketable and relatable. People who discredit rappers and their achievements are either ignorant, deaf, or just hating. Rap has grown from a borough in New York to being a culture worldwide. From the U.S. to Japan to China to Russia, rap music has impacted the lives of many. Rap will never die and you’re a damn fool if you think that. Gene is an old man who is entitled to his trash opinion, he’s wrong in every way shape or form. But he is still entitled to his opinion. God bless, i hope everyone has a great weekend. I’m always down for conversation with people and debate. Conversations are free and usually, hopefully informational for both parties I encourage people to have them and come to conclusions and understandings. God Bless