by Mike Winslow
Tupac will go in with a class that includes ELO, Joan Baez, Pearl Jam, Yes, Joan Baez, and Journey.
It’s a milestone for the genre of hip-hop, since Pac is the first solo rapper to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
But Gene Simmons continued to remain adamant that the genre of music does not belong in the Rock Hall.
“There’s disco and rap and all kinds of stuff. And I highly respect rap, but on the day Led Zeppelin gets put into the hip hop Hall of Fame, is the day I will personally accept rap artists as being brought into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Gene Simmons said. “It just ain’t the same thing.”
He continued: “You go to Apple Music, and you go to different genres and you type in ‘rock,’ you’re not gonna find a single rap band in that category. Likewise, if you look at hip hop or rap, you’re not gonna see AC/DC or Kiss in the list in there.”
Gene Simmons also discussed the state of rock ‘n’ roll, and was equally as harsh on that genre of music too.
According to Gene, Rock music is not “evolving at all” because there are not really any “record companies” left to nurture new artists and their talents.
“They have to go work for a living and live in their mother’s basement and give away their music for free. It’s very sad,” Simmons said.
The 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Friday April 7, at the Berkeley Center in Brooklyn, New York.