Veteran Rocker Praises Hip Hop While Eulogizing Rock: "Hip Hop Is The Soundtrack"

Many moons in the past, Ice Cube launched into the Family Values Tour alongside Korn, Limp Bizkit and Rammstein. It was — as Cube not too long ago advised James Corden — the “craziest” tour he’s ever been on. Rammstein would typically mild themselves (or, as one particular person discovered the onerous approach, their followers) on fireplace because the crowed seemed on.

Fast-forward a few many years and Rammestein guitarist Richard Kruspe is praising Hip Hop whereas somberly proclaiming, “Rock is dead.”

In a brand new interview with Revolver, Kruspe mentioned the impression of Hip Hop and famous its domination over every other style.

“There’s just nothing to say so much anymore,” he says. “Rock is useless. It’s unhappy, I do know it’s. But generally you sort of must make peace with the info of actuality. Every time I’m listening to what’s new and it’s positively not rock. There are all the time going to be these outdated dinosaurs which have a sure sort of efficiency that can survive. I’m speaking in regards to the new technology rock. What occurs in the intervening time is that youngsters nowadays don’t have that feeling once they play their favourite rock tracks to harass the mother and father.

“Guitars are not annoying anymore so what they’re using, especially in Germany, they’re using their voice, the lyrics, which basically mostly happens in Hip Hop. They start to rebel against everything, and Hip Hop is the soundtrack.”

Kruspe does insist rock nonetheless has one thing Hip Hop doesn’t.

“It’s all about Hip Hop at the moment, which is hard to me because Hip Hop was always kind of a music that I couldn’t relate to,” he says. “If I got to a festival and see a Hip Hop group play, I’m so bored. That’s one advantage rock still has over Hip Hop. There’s a visual and sonic connection between the band and the audience.”

With explosive and visually-stimulating excursions reminiscent of Travis Scott’s Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour presently on the street, his sentiment is difficult to know.

Gene Simmons as soon as made related statements in regards to the state of rock, however he’s additionally blasted Hip Hop quite a few instances prior to now.

In a 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, the KISS frontman stated: “Rap will die. Next year, 10 years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy. I don’t have the cultural background to appreciate being a gangster. 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.”

He additionally ignited a confrontation between himself and Cube when he scoffed at N.W.A’s inclusion within the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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