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Keith Richards Former Rolling Stone Slams Rap Music : ‘It’s For Tone Deaf People’

Thu, September 3, 2015 4:56pm EDT by 7 Comments
Keith Richards Disses Rap Music
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Keith Richards, the former Rolling Stone member didn’t hold back anything when he was dishing about rock group competitors or other genres of music. Not only did he slam rap music by saying it’s for ‘tone-deaf people,’ the rockstar even went on to diss heavy metal music as well!

Being a former rockstar himself, Keith Richards, 71, has a lot to say about music. Not only did the former Rolling Stone member blast rap music, he also dissed his own genre of music, rock ‘n’ roll, by calling it a ‘dull thud.’ Read on to find out what else the musician had to say about other music genres.

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Watch out, Drake, 28, the legendary rockstar doesn’t think rap is even a musical genre! “Rap — so many words, so little said,” Keith laughed as he talked to the New York Daily News. “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.” The 71-year-old isn’t just turned off by urban music, he was just as harsh when it came to criticizing rock ‘n’ roll as well as bands closer to his era.

“It sounds like a dull thud to me,” the musician said of rock music. “For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them. It’s endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation.” When Keith and Mick Jagger formed The Rolling Stones in 1962, they managed to become one of the biggest rock ‘n’ roll bands in the world. Their single “It’s All Over Now” became the band’s first number 1 hit in 1964. The success of the song launched The Rolling Stones to their stardom.

The Beatles, who were The Rolling Stones’ biggest competition during the rock ‘n’ roll era, weren’t left out of Keith’s rant on music. “As a band, they weren’t in sync with each other,” Keith said of their performance. The rocker also called the group’s Sgt. Pepper album “a mish-mash of rubbish.”

Not only does Keith disregard rock ‘n’ roll music, he also doesn’t care for heavy metal either. The 71-year-old couldn’t understand why many people love Metallica and Black Sabbath. “I just thought they were great jokes,” he said.

Justin Bieber Gets Dissed By Keith Richards

It’s no surprise that he’s dissing heavy metal groups and rap stars. He’s already called Justin Bieber, 21, a ‘wannabe’ when he met Justin in Turk and Caicos in Jan. 2014. When Justin first ran into Keith, he didn’t know who the legendary rocker was. When they finally hung out at the beach bar, Keith said to Justin, “Let’s get one thing straight. You’re a wannabe.” Harsh! However, Us Weekly reports that the two exchanged digits after, so maybe it was just a joke.

What do you think of Keith’s opinions on rap, rock, and heavy metal music, HollywoodLifers?

— Michelle Phi