Keith Richards on rap and metal (he’s not a fan)
Keith Richards in a recent interview had a lot of negative comments to say about a couple different genres of music.
“Rap — so many words, so little said,” the Rolling Stones guitarist told the New York Daily News, adding, “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.”
Later on in the interview, he said, “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.”
Other genres discussed in the interview included heavy metal: “Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath. I just thought they were great jokes,” and rock and roll: “It sounds like a dull thud to me. For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them. It’s endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation.”