Talib Kweli doesn’t appear to be a fan of Gene Simmons and fired back on some controversial comments the Kiss singer made about “the death of rap.”
Simmons has never been a fan and infamously fought hip-hop artists' induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Kweli shared a clip of Simmon’s comments to his followers to create a running argument with the singer.
“Would it be unfair of me to say I’m looking forward to the death of @genesimmons or nah?” Kweli tweeted to his followers, and shared a photo of Simmon’s comments.
In the original interview with Rolling Stone published this past Thursday, Simmons told the publication that he was “looking forward to the death of rap. I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I’m concerned, is by definition lyric and melody… or just melody.”
Simmons went on to prophesize an end to the genre, and insinuated that it would come in the near future.
“Rap will die,” he predicted to the magazine. “Next year, 10 years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy.” Once Kweli’s comments were shared with his followers, Simmons fired back with a tweet of his own, while appearing to be slightly trying to smooth things over.
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) March 18, 2016
Kweli was not appeased and continued to post on Simmon’s commentary, including sharing an Instagram post of the 2007 single from KRS-One, “Hip Hop Lives.”
Apparently pointing out that everything is cyclical - even music - is "controversial". People are very easily offended. — Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) March 18, 2016
Kweli’s fire backs this year were not limited to Simmons, and he blasted Iggy Azalea for her response to being featured in Macklemore’s track “White Privilege II.” Kweli’s opinion on the matter was that Azalea should not have taken it as an insult, and should have considered the context behind the song instead.