Talib Kweli Responds To Gene Simmons’ “Death Of Rap” Comments


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.”

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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:

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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

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