Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav Says Jay Z, Drake, Kendrick Lamar Are ‘Not Hip-Hop’


| August 1, 2013 - 11:51 am

Public Enemy’s indelible mark on hip-hop has landed them in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and around the world throughout their 26 year-long career. But ask Flavor Flav and Chuck D about the current state of Hip-Hop and they won’t hesitate to point out the rap game ain’t the same.

In a recent interview with Gigwise following their performance at Kendal Calling music festival, Flav and Chuck offered their two cents on Jay Z’s recent release Magna Carta Holy Grail via Samsung app and why today’s artists aren’t making hip-hop records.

“No knock against Jay Z but you gotta have a reason, know why you did it and you also have a reason to love the artist you love,” Chuck says. “I think it was innovative but 10 years ago (smiles) but Jay Z is big, corporate guy and right now, I’ve always had cordial things to say about him and vice versa.”

The realness doesn’t end there. Flav, with the staple clock chain across his chest, says hip-hop has hit a plateau.

“I think the element of hip-hop left when rap music started being created on a slow tempo and it’s just stayed there for years…,” Flav says. “There’s no more of that ‘wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care, everybody say ho!’ – you know that hip-hop, something that makes you wanna get out there and break dance. Rap music has lost that element right now.”

Flav then name-drops Lil’ Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Jay Z, Drake, Jeezy, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg, saying, “everybody’s making great rap records but it’s not hip-hop.”

Watch the full interview above.