Talib Kweli Responds Gene Simmons
Getty Images

Talib Kweli Responds To Gene Simmons' "Death Of Rap" Comments

Talib Kweli is not here for Gene Simmons. At all.

Rock legend and Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons ruffled more than a few feathers with his latest Rolling Stone interview. Discussing what he believes to be the impending end of rap music, Simmons’ take on the matter was that the diminishing of the art form would be a positive occurrence. “Rap will die,” he said. “Next year, 10 years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy.”

Simmons drove his point home by stating his feelings about rap music flat-out.

“I am looking forward to the death of rap,” said “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.”

Along with a slew of social media backlash, Simmons also got a direct response from Talib Kweli. The Brooklyn rapper took to Twitter to openly declare his disdain for Simmons’ statements, by posing a rhetorical question about the rock legend’s own death:

Simmons also took to Twitter to respond to the criticism he garnered, claiming that he was simply pointing out the “cyclical” nature of music. He also sarcastically alluded to receiving backlash, no matter what he says:

Kweli, however, did not let up. Challenging Simmons on his “looking forward to” sentiments, the rapper also used an Instagram post featuring KRS One lyrics to give the Kiss bandmate a little hip-hop history lesson:

Some KRS One lyrics for @genesimmons

A photo posted by Talib Kweli (@talibkweli) on

From the Web

More on Vibe

Getty

Usher Has A New Song In The Works With Ludacris, Lil Jon

Usher, Ludacris and Lil Jon have a new song on the way more than a decade after the trio made music magic with the 2004 single, “Yeah.” According to Lil Jon, the collaboration will be featured on Usher’s forthcoming studio album.

The Atlanta producer dropped the news on Twitter on Wednesday (Nov. 13) after a fan asked about a potential follow up to “Yeah.” He later reposted the tweet to Instagram. “We did it already. Coming on @Usher new album” he tweeted along with fire emojis.

Jermaine Dupri is also involved in the collaboration, which the So So Def Founder noted in Lil Jon’s Instagram comments. “S**t slappin too,” added Ludacris.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

YOUR QUESTION HAS BEEN ANSWERED 👊🏽

A post shared by LIL JON (@liljon) on Nov 13, 2019 at 8:19am PST

Featured on Usher’s Confessions album, “Yeah” topped the Billboard charts for 12 consecutive weeks and sold 20 million copies worldwide.

It’s unclear when Usher’s new album will arrive. The 41-year-old Grammy winner dropped an EP titled, A, in 2018. His last studio album, Hard II Love, was released in 2016.

Continue Reading
Getty Images

Keyshia Cole Announces Talk Show On Relationships And More

Three months after welcoming a new baby, Keyshia Cole is getting back to work. Cole has a new talk show premiering on Fox Soul, she announced via social media Thursday (Nov. 14).

One on One with Keyshia Cole will cover “relationships, love and lack thereof” in addition to tackling social media and social topics. Nick Cannon and Cole’s boyfriend, Nikko Hale, will be the first guests on her show, which premieres on Friday at 10 p.m. EST via Fox SOUL.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Hey guys CHECK ME OUT TOMORROW!!! OMG IM SOOOO EXCITED TO TRY SOMETHING NEW!!! ONE ON ONE WITH KEYSHIA COLE TOMORROW 7pm pst / 10pm est. Download app: FOX SOUL or go to WWW.FOXSOUL.TV

A post shared by Keyshia Cole (@keyshiacole) on Nov 14, 2019 at 3:48pm PST

Besides prepping a new talk show, the Bay Area native has been out promoting her forthcoming reality show premiering on BET next Tuesday (Nov. 18). Cole, 38, and Hale, 24, also stopped by Cannon’s morning show on LA’s Power 106.1 earlier in the week. During their chat, Cannon brought up the pair’s age difference and made mention to his marriage to Mariah Carey before referring to Cole as Hale's “elder.”

See how Cole responded in the video below.

 

Continue Reading
Getty

Kanye West Is Teaming With Joel Osteen For Sunday Service In Houston

Kanye West is collaborating with megachurch pastor Joel Osteen for another special installment of Sunday Service. Thousands are expected to attend Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston Sunday (Nov. 17) where West will appear at morning and evening services, both of which are open to the public.

According to TMZ, West is scheduled to attend Lakewood’s 11:00 a.m. service for  a 30-minute conversation with Osteen, which will go down in front of 45,000 people. Seating and parking for the event will be on a first come first served bases.

The “Follow God” rapper will make a second appearance at Laekwood alongside his choir for an evening Sunday Service performance. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., while the event begins at 7:00pm.

Attendees can get free tickets to the evening service via Ticketmaster.com. A select number of tickets will reportedly be available to Lakewood Church members on Friday. General admission passes will be released on Saturday, Lakewood Church confirmed according to Houston’s KHOU-TV.

The evening service will also be streamed live on Osteen’s Facebook, YouTube, and Sirius XM radio channel, and the Lakewood Church website.

Continue Reading

Top Stories