Earlier this year, Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons drew the ire of many, including Talib Kweli when he stated that he was “looking forward to the death of rap.”
During N.W.A‘s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2016, MC Ren shut down Simmons’ prediction in no uncertain terms at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday (April 8).
“I want to say to Mr. Gene Simmons that hip-hop is here forever,” Ren said. “We’re supposed to be here.” While most of the Barclays Center responded with cheers, a few sour boos could be heard throughout the venue, either in protest to hip-hop or in Simmons’ defense.
‘The question is, ‘Are we rock ‘n’ roll?'” Cube asked the crowd. “And I say — you goddamn right we rock ‘n’ roll.
“Rock ‘n’ roll is not an instrument. It’s not even a style of music. It’s a spirit that’s been going on since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, heavy metal, punk rock, and yes, hip-hop.”
Simmons has since responded to the comments with the below tweet, saying “Let me know when Jimi Hendrix gets into the hip-hop hall of fame. Then you’ll have a point.” There is currently no widely-accepted hip hop hall of fame, although there are purportedly plans to open one in New York City later this year.
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) April 9, 2016