N.W.A. Shut Down Gene Simmons – “Hip-Hop Is Here Forever”

N.W.A., Gene Simmons, Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Recently inducted Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer’s N.W.A. have never been the kind of people who are afraid to speak their minds. That being said, it makes perfect sense that they would instantly shut down anyone speaking against them. The most recent person to cause backlash? None other than fellow Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, Gene Simmons of KISS. Much like the hip-hop group, Simmons is also unafraid of expressing his opinions, especially within the negative. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, he commented saying “I am looking forward to the death of hip-hop”. Naturally, this statement upset many within the hip-hop community.

In response, N.W.A. took to the stage during their induction into the Hall Of Fame, rightfully calling out Simmons for his lack of respect. MC Ren stated…

“I want to say to Mr. Gene Simmons that hip-hop is here forever. We’re supposed to be here”.

Later on during Ice Cube’s speech, he continued Ren’s point in one of the most well-worded speeches up until that point…

“The question is, ‘Are we rock ‘n’ roll?’ 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”. More to the point, Cube decided to shine light on the fact that the real spirit of rock ‘n’ roll is not about going with the flow; rather, it’s about choosing to be your true self… “Rock ‘n’ roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and life. That is rock ‘n’ roll and that is us”.

After such a confirmation of the on-going legacy that is hip-hop and its’ influence, you would think that Gene Simmons would back down. However, he clearly has no intentions of putting the issue to rest. Yesterday, the KISS frontman took to Twitter with his response to N.W.A.’s speech.

Well, you certainly can’t please everyone. Either way, huge congratulations to N.W.A. for their induction!

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