Talib Kweli had some choice words via Twitter for KISS front man Gene Simmons regarding his comment about the “death” of rap music.

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In his recent interview with Rolling Stone, Simmons stated he is “looking forward to the death of rap,” while explaining all things in music are cyclic.

“I am looking forward to the death of rap,” Simmons said. “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 then went on to explain this is healthy for music and life altogether.


“Rap will die,” he reiterated. “Next year, 10 years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy.”

Yesterday [Friday, March 18] Kweli took to Twitter to clap back at Simmons:

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Simmons, who previously criticized rap’s inclusion in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, expressed his background dictated his feelings on rap. “I don’t have the cultural background to appreciate being a gangster,” he explained in the interview. “Of course that’s not what it’s all about, but that’s where it comes from. That’s the heart and soul of it. It came from the streets.”

Simmons responded on Twitter that those criticizing his thoughts are “easily offended.”

Kweli directly responded to the tweet writing, “Pointing out everything is ‘cyclical’ is different than ‘looking forward’ to things dying. Do better Gene.”

The Brooklyn-born emcee then offered him a quote from Hip Hop legend KRS-One on Instagram.

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