Last month, Gene Simmons sparked controversy by telling Rolling Stone, “I am looking forward to the death of rap,” and on Friday, M.C. Ren and Ice Cube called out Simmons for his comments during N.W.A.’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Simmons fired back online, and now he and Ice Cube have taken their argument to Twitter.
During Friday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, M.C. Ren mentioned Simmons’ name specifically, telling the crowd, “I want to say to Mr. Gene Simmons, hip-hop is here forever. Get used to it!”
Ice Cube also addressed whether hip-hop has a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, saying in his acceptance speech, “You goddamn right we rock and roll. Rock and roll is not an instrument, rock and roll is not even a style of music. Rock and roll is a spirit. It’s a spirit. It’s been going since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, R&B, rock and roll, heavy metal, punk rock, and yes, hip-hop. And what connects us all is that spirit. That’s what connects us all, that spirit. Rock and roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and in life.”
Simmons then addressed Ice Cube directly on Twitter, writing, “Respectfully — let me know when Jimi Hendrix gets into the hip hop hall of fame. Then you’ll have a point.”
Ice Cube replied by tweeting excerpts from his Rock Hall acceptance speech (“with a Kiss”), and telling Simmons, “Who stole the soul? Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Chubby Checkers help invent Rock ‘n’ Roll. We invent it. Y’all reprint it.”
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Simmons responded by saying that he won’t back down, adding, “Respect NWA, but when Led Zep gets into Rap Hall of Fame, I will agree with your point.”
Read EW’s full recap of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony here.