Rock legend Gene Simmons, who has long been vocal about his disdain for rap music, has once again spoken out against the art form, this time going as far as to predict its demise. In a Rolling Stone interview, the Rock Legend held nothing back when speaking on his views on rap and the entire music industry.
“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.”
The 66-year-old bassist and vocalist spoke with the music outlet for the 40th anniversary of Kiss’ Destroyer. It was during the Q&A, Simmons gave his very narrow definition of what he thinks music is.
“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.”
Simmons also thinks Rock is dead as well, calling classic bands like Nirvana, Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam old or “long in the tooth” When asked if he simply doesn’t like the art of rap music, Simmons replied its okay, but couldn’t relate to some of its themes.
“I don’t have the cultural background to appreciate being a gangster,” he says. “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.”