KISS frontman Gene Simmons is once again ruffling the feathers of hip-hop fans after responding to N.W.A. getting at him during their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction this past weekend.
Simmons directly responded to the group’s standout member Ice Cube on Twitter about rock and roll and hip-hop being viewed equally.
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)
Genes sparked headlines after dishing on his issues with rap last month.
Gene Simmons is not happy with the pop charts. “I am looking forward to the death of rap,” the Kiss singer and reality-TV star tells 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.” (Rolling Stone)
Simmons had since come forward to defend his dicey remarks on Twitter.
Apparently pointing out that everything is cyclical – even music – is "controversial". People are very easily offended.
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) March 18, 2016
Save this. Everything has it's day. Rock. Folk. Raga. Doo Wop. New Romance. Grunge. Alternative. Rap. Wait n see. https://t.co/58ycjkMHOL
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) March 17, 2016