Gene Simmons doesn’t think rap should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He’s wrong
Gene Simmons, the acerbic and outspoken KISS frontman, doesn’t want rap artists in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he’s not afraid to express it.
In a recent interview with Radio.com, the 64 year-old singer whose being inducted this year with the original KISS lineup, criticized the Hall for inducting artists who aren’t considered “rock,” singling out rap groups Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and Run-DMC.
“A long time ago it was diluted. It’s really back room politics, like Boss Tweed. A few people decide what’s in and what’s not and the masses just scratch their heads,” he said. “ You’ve got Grandmaster Flash in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Run-D.M.C. 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.”
Except he’s wrong.