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Looks like The Rolling Stones musician is not impressed with the hip-hop hype.

Each of us are fans of certain genres.

Some fans of certain genres also characterize you based on the sort of genre that you’re into.

It’s alright to have your opinion. Music is music.

According to Keith Richards, he’s not the biggest fan of rap music. Actually he has a lot more to say than just that. He shares his musical critiques about the genre and why he isn’t an advocate on that kind of music. Fans of hip-hop, don’t take it to heart. He also said some negative things about the Beatles. I guess even big music stars have their strong opinions on music.

See exactly what Richards had to say about hip-hop.


Keith Richards said rap was for “tone-deaf people,” blasted heavy metal, rock and the Beatles, and offered his interviewer a toke during a meandering chat with the New York Daily News.

While Richards did not hold back — saving his harshest musical critiques for hip-hop — Daily News reporter Jim Farber noted the guitarist “follows every put-down with a wink.”

Still Richards was quick to crack, “Rap — so many words, so little said.” He added: “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.”

Richards added to the Daily News that he was also unimpressed with the Beatles’ famed 1965 concert at Shea Stadium: “As a band, they weren’t in sync with each other.” Still, Richards said he remained a fan a bit longer, but, “When it got to [seeing the guru] Maharishi [in 1967], I gave up.”

Despite all the jabs, Richards remained charming and gregarious. When asked about his pot use, the guitarist replied, “Would you like some?” Richards said he smokes regularly and called weed “just a lift. It gives you a slightly different perception of your surroundings. To me, pot is just fun. And I’m glad to see the rest of the country is coming around to my way of seeing things.”

StreeXB would like to thank Rolling Stone for the article. Click here to read the rest of the story.

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