Gene Simmons is once again being a hater and trying to take away from N.W.A’s legacy. During the induction, Ice Cube blasted Gene Simmons and his claim that the group didn’t belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because they were not “rock and roll”. Gene Simmons offered his response via Twitter tweeting, “Respectfully, let me know when @JimiHendrix gets into the hip hop hall of fame. Then you’ll have a point”.

Usually when you make attempt to make a point, you include facts. Gene Simmons doesn’t have facts. To start, a hip-hop hall of fame does not exist. Secondly, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and B.B King are all in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and they are not considered “rock and roll” either. Where was your outrage then Gene? It is clear that in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame history, they have never limited their scope to purely “rock” acts.

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This all began when Simmons said in an interview with Rolling Stone that he is “looking forward to the death of hip-hop.” That came after an earlier statement in which he said, “You’ve got Grandmaster Flash in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Run- D.M.C in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? You’re killing me. That doesn’t mean those aren’t good artists. But they don’t even play guitar. They sample and they talk. Not even sing.”

Ice Cube handled Simmons controversial like a true Hall of Famer would, stating, “The question is, ‘Are we rock ‘n’ roll? And I say– you goddamn right we rock ‘n’ roll. Rock ‘n’ roll is not an instrument. It’s not even a style of music. It’s a spirit that’s been going on since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, heavy metal, punk rock, and yes, hip-hop.”

Well done Cube.

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