Friday, March 18, 2016

KISS' Gene Simmons: "I am looking forward to the death of rap"


KISS' Gene Simmons was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone, you can read some excerpts below.


About rap, he said: "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. A song, as far as I'm concerned, is by definition lyric and melody … or just melody."

He continued: "I'm all for anybody talking. 'Wild Thing' was talking: 'Wild thing, she makes my heart sing/ she makes everything … .' There's no melody there. That's cool. Napoleon XIV, 'They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!' That's a funny song, but those are novelty records. So was Dickie Goodman and 'Mr. Jaws'. These were all hits, by the way. But predominantly, music is about melody and lyric, whether it's rap or doo-wop, or yeah, even rock."

Simmons added: "Rap will die. Next year, ten years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy. 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."