Public Enemy has been dropping music since 1987 and still hold court as one of the most popular Hip-Hop groups ever. However, it appears that a member of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees thinks that Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and other big rap stars are “not real Hip-Hop.”
Over the weekend, Public Enemy performed at the Kendal Calling music festival in England. Speaking with Gigwise backstage, Flavor Flav gave a breakdown on why he feels the “element of Hip-Hop” has left rap music and threw a few of the game’s biggest stars under the bus as well.
“I think the element of hip hop left when rap music started being created on a slow tempo,” said Flavor Flav. “And it just stayed there for years, you know what I’m saying?
Flav added, “Right now, a lot of rap music today is being created at very low tempos. There’s no more of that ‘wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care, everybody say ho!’ – you know that Hip-Hop, something that makes you wanna get out there and breakdance. Rap music has lost that element right now.”
Flaor Flav shouted out Lil’ Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg, saying they all make “great rap records” but ultimately declared, “it’s not Hip-Hop.”
Chuck D offered an opinion as well, saying that the 26-year vets have reasons for doing the music they do but that other artists should diversify their topics and “cover all aspects.”
Check out the full interview with Flavor Flav and Chuck D in the clip below. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.