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

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


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.


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.


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”.


  1. Hmmm… I kinda agree with Gene Simmons in that I think Rap music should have its own Hall of Fame. IMO, Rock and Roll is a style of music distinguished by amplified guitars. Yes, it was innovated by black people and is rooted in blues music. However, Rap music is distinguished by rythmic vocals that are rooted in spoken word/poetry. The lyrics are not sung, per se, but yet have a melodic cadence that is particular to Rap music.

    Though, I do wonder if Gene Simons has the same attitude about the inclusion of pop and country music groups in the Rock and Roll Hall of fame or is racism a factor in his opinion about Rap groups. IMO, if the group can’t be found on the shelf in a music store in the Rock and Roll section, then it probably shouldn’t qualify for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    I’d like to see Gene Simons rant about racism in the Rock and Roll industry that prevents mainstream awareness of black Rock groups like 24/7 Spyz, Fishbone, Living Colour, and so many others Hall of Fame worthy groups that struggle to get the same type of marketing and exposure that groups like Guns and Roses or Metallica (which, IMO, suck in comparison) get. But, I won’t hold my breath waiting.


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