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Hip Hop Still Fighting for Respect: Ice Cube Sets Gene Simmons Straight about Rap Music

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By: Leticia Latrice

NWA recently got inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Gene Simmons had a mouthful to say stating rappers should not be allowed into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. This sparked a twitter war with Ice Cube. Cube goes deep and reminds Simmons of how “Rock N Roll” was originally created by black artists like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, then imitated and made popular by artist such as Elvis.

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Cube sums it up saying basically other Rock N Roll artists just remixed blues, jazz and bebop. He also recognizes that these types of music are the root of Rock N Roll. Rock N Roll was created out of the spirit of these other genres of music. So you have to give props where it is due. As well as embrace hip hop and rap as a form of Rock N Roll. In many ways Hip Hop evolved from Rock N Roll they are like brothers in music. So why can’t they celebrate each other? Everyone should just become one happy family in the Music Hall of Fame.

Simmons made several controversial comments.  Simmons said “Respect NWA, but when Led Zeppelin gets into the Rap Hall of Fame, I will agree”. Simmons took it too far when he told Rolling Stone that he is “looking forward to the death of rap”. He also brought up other rap legends like Run DMC and Grandmaster Flash by saying they should have never been inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame either.

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Since day one people have tried to discredit hip hop. Today hip hop is one of the most influential forms of music. Yes it can be loud, provocative, or disrespectful. It also is the voice of the masses, entertaining and creative expression of the youth in America. Hip Hop has crossed so many barriers throughout its existence. The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame is just one of many. Simmon’s needs to show a little more respect for the art of Hip Hop even if he doesn’t agree with its affiliation with Rock N Roll. What if Hip Hop didn’t embraced Rock N Roll we wouldn’t have classics like Run DMC and Aerosmith’s “Walk this Way”, Lil Wayne’s “Prom Queen” or Kanye West’s  “Black Skinhead”.

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