Ice Cube and Gene Simmons are officially at war.
On Friday night, N.W.A was inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and during MC Ren’s speech, the writer addressed Kiss front-man, Gene Simmon’s previous comments about hip hop artists joining the coveted list of rock & roll artists. “I want to say, to Mr. Gene Simmons, hip-hop is here forever,” Ren said. “Get used to it.”
It was just last week that Simmons said he was looking forward to the “death of rap.” But it was back in 2014 that the singer-songwriter expressed that rap artists should not be inducted into the Hall of Fame. “A few people decide what’s in and what’s not,” he told Radio.com.
He added, “And the masses just scratch their heads. 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. Not even sing.”
Following Ren’s induction speech, Simmons tweeted this message and tagged Ice Cube.
In response, Cube fired back with this tweet:
It didn’t end there, Simmons tried to get the final word in with a post comparing N.W.A to Led Zeppelin.
But Ice Cube got the final word in when he shared this message late Monday night:
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