Gene Simmons Responds to N.W.A. Rock Hall Diss

By Annie Reuter

Gene Simmons has never been one to bite his serpentine tongue and the surviving members of N.W.A. seem happy to throw down with the outspoken KISS co-founder.

First, Simmons told Rolling Stone, “I am looking forward to the death of hip-hop.”

Related: Rock Hall Induction Ceremony 2016 Wrap-Up: Cheap Trick, N.W.A. and More

Soon after, members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted rap group shot back. “I want to say to Gene Simmons, hip-hop is here forever,” MC Ren said, as he took the podium at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on Friday night (April 8). “We’re supposed to be here.”

And in an interview with the New York Times, N.W.A. founding member Ice Cube addressed Simmons’ opinion that rap bands don’t belong in the Rock Hall.

“I respect Gene Simmons, but I think he’s wrong on this, because rock ’n’ roll is not an instrument and it’s not singing. Rock ’n’ roll is a spirit. N.W.A is probably more rock ’n’ roll than a lot of the people that he thinks belong there over hip-hop. We had the same spirit as punk rock, the same as the blues.”

In response, Simmons snapped back on Twitter: “Respectfully– let me know when Jimi Hendrix gets into the hip hop hall of fame. Then you’ll have a point.”

In other news, N.W.A. was recognized at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards April 10. The film Straight Outta Compton, which is based on the life of the rap group, was awarded Best True Story. During their acceptance speech, the actors who played the members of N.W.A. mocked the Oscars, which nominated the film, but did not present it with an Academy Award.

“I’d just like to take a moment to, like, thank the Academy,” said Jason Mitchell, who played the late Eazy-E.

Meanwhile Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., who played the his dad in the fim, leaned over and whispered to Mitchell to let him know he was addressing the wrong awards show.

“I mean MTV,” Mitchell said. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry I’m sorry. My bad. My bad. My bad. My bad. My bad.”

The biopic on N.W.A. beat out ConcussionJoyThe Big Short and The Revenant.


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