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Keith Richards: Rap Music Is For The ‘Tone-Deaf,’ Insults Metallica And Black Sabbath

It seems that Rolling Stones Keith Richards is feeling a little feisty. Or perhaps the 71-year-old is just turning into a grumpy old bastard.  In an interview with the New York Daily News Richards shows that he has no regard for other genres of music.  Richards slams heavy metal legends Metallica, who thrilled huge crowds at last weeks Reading and Leeds Festivals, and Black Sabbath, labelling them as “jokes.”

If that those comments were not scathing enough GigWise reports that Richards saves his most vitriolic criticism for rap music.  Richards was scathing in his criticism of the hip-hop genre saying that:

 “Rap – so many words, so little said. What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there. All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they’re happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can’t tell one note from another.”

Don’t hold back Keith, tell us what you really think.  According to Rolling Stone Richards has had hip-hop in his sights before.  Back in 2007 Richards had another mighty pop at the genre saying:

“Hip-hop leaves me cold. But there are some people out there who think it’s the meaning of life… I don’t wanna be yelled at; I wanna be sung to. I never really understood why somebody would want to have some gangster from L.A. poking his fingers in your face. As I say, it don’t grab me. I mean, the rhythms are boring; they’re all done on computers.”

I think it is safe to assume that Richards doesn’t like hip-hop.  God bless Keith Richards, he has even had a go at the Beatles in the last few weeks.  Richards claims that the Fab Four’s Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was ‘a mishmash of rubbish.’

Keith Richards’ new solo album, Crosseyed Heart, will be released on 18 September.  The track below is from Richards new disc.  Sorry Keith but it sounds like a tuneless load of old pap trotted out by a faded rock-star to me, but what do I know?


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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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