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Talib Kweli gets heated over Gene Simmons wishing death on rap music

Photo credit: TalibKweliVEVO via Youtube screenshot

Photo credit: TalibKweliVEVO via Youtube screenshot

Gene Simmons has ruffled some feathers with his recent comments about wishing for rap’s demise. Hip hop artist Talib Kweli took to Twitter on Friday and Saturday to dispute the rock legend’s words.

“Hip-hop has saved countless lives. How dare he wish it dead,” Kweli tweeted. “So would it be fair to wish him dead, or nah?”

That was just one of many blows the rapper served to Simmons, who said in a Rolling Stone interview published Thursday that rap needs to die.

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

Kweli, who’s not only a revered New York-based rapper but also a respected social commentator, expressed his views on the rocker’s opinion, but clearly took it personal.

“I had no problem w KISS til Simmons b—h a— opened his mouth about rap,” he wrote. “Let’s go lyric for lyric tho. Me vs KISS.

“Rock has also saved countless lives. No one is dissing rock. Kiss ain’t rock. It’s marketing. Try to keep up.”

Simmons, who likely noticed the bickering that sparked from his interview, responded by basically saying his naysayers are just being sensitive.

“Apparently pointing out that everything is cyclical — even music — is ‘controversial,’” Simmons tweeted. “People are very easily offended.”

Photo credit: KISSVEVO via Youtube screenshot

Gene Simmons in KISS (Photo credit: KISSVEVO via Youtube screenshot)

“Pointing out everything is ‘cyclical’ is different than ‘looking forward’ to things dying,” Kweli responded. “Do better Gene.”

The Rolling Stone interview is not the first time Simmons has expressed some disdain for the genre of rap. In 2014, while discussing the induction of rap artists into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he said hip hop artists should not be able to receive such honors.

“You’ve got Grandmaster Flash [and the Furious Five] in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Run-DMC in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? You’re killing me. That doesn’t mean those aren’t good artists. But they don’t play guitar. They sample and they talk,” he said.

Do you agree with Talib Kweli, or do you agree that rap needs to die?


  1. cupcake333 on March 20, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    SIMMON KNOW .. he is ancient as king tut .. he has no bases for his twisted belief . this
    is proof how racism work , it white folks you think are cool . saying racist shit.. wow …

  2. mrhowell2002 on March 21, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Who cares .. Who is gene Simmons … ??? Never heard of him… Haters gonna hate

  3. Busi Peters on March 21, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    RAP does need to DIE so that HIP HOP CAN CONTINUE TO LIVE!! I am from
    the Boogie Down Bronx the birth place of Hip Hop!! And I am also a
    citizen of the universe and have travelled on this globe pretty
    extensively. Teaching in the cradle of civilization Ethiopia and Kenya
    and being called NIGGER and BITCH and one time told I Love you Nigger
    Bitch repeatedly. While watching that same crazy mind set which is a
    prison culture glorified in mainstream Rap videos and lyrics as a woman
    African descent born in the birth place of Hip Hop is painful. So
    yes Kendrick LAMAR and his Grammy performance proves HIP HOP IS
    ALIVE!!! So all you sucker Emcees who don’t have ANYTHING positive to
    say your whack because you are merely RAP and yes it must DIE like the
    DINOSAURS!! just leave your ugly ass bones!!

  4. Erica on March 21, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    If new artists are going to start sounding Fetty Wap and Young Thug then I think I would like it die as well. I love rap but i like oldnew rap (Bone Thugs, Ludacris, Biggie, Lil Wayne, etc) but I dont like yodeling like Fetty and Young Thug.

  5. guest on March 22, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Maybe if this wasn’t coming from Gene Simmons of Kiss I might take what he was saying seriously but like TK said Kiss is nothing more than marketing, real rock groups don’t respect them, they’re commercial the rock version of Flo rida.

  6. Todd S on June 25, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Never cared for the genre, but I believe there’s a place for it. It would be neat to see some sort of new type of rock come out of the mix though.