Rap veteran Ice Cube has cleared the air on his feelings toward KISS frontman Gene Simmons amid a social media falling out these past few days.
Cube appeared on SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show” to explain the status of their dispute.
“I got a lot of respect for Gene Simmons. I actually met him a few times and he seemed pretty cool but I just think he’s wrong on this,” Cube said to radio host Howard Stern. “Gene hit ‘me’ up on Twitter – everybody’s got their own opinions. Gene, he’s an OG in the game but he’s just wrong in this. It’s a spirit and it’s been going on before they called it rock n roll. [Who’d win in a fight?] I got that Tyson inside game but nah, nah, like I said, he’s an OG and I have a lot of respect for him but I just think he’s wrong on this. But I understand the attitude.” (“The Howard Stern Show”)
Simmons and Ice Cube went at each other briefly on Twitter Monday (April 11).
— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 11, 2016
Cube – I stand by my words. Respect NWA, but when Led Zep gets into Rap Hall of Fame, I will agree with your point. https://t.co/CQUoJwhZJb
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) April 11, 2016
Simmons initially went at N.W.A. following their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction last weekend in New York City.
N.W.A.‘s MC Ren and Ice Cube took aim at Simmons during the induction ceremony.
“I want to say to Mr. Gene Simmons that hip-hop is here forever,” Ren said at the 31st annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center. “We’re supposed to be here.” ‘The question is, ‘Are we rock ‘n’ roll?'” Cube asked the crowd. “And I say — you goddamn right we rock ‘n’ roll. Rock ‘n’ roll is not an instrument. It’s not even a style of music. It’s a spirit that’s been going on since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, heavy metal, punk rock, and yes, hip-hop.” (Blabbermouth)