2019 American Music Awards

Keith Richards Calls Rap Fans 'Tone-Deaf', Thinks Metallica & Black Sabbath Are 'Great Jokes'

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Keith Richards performs on July 15, 2015 in Quebec City. 

Keith Richards probably isn't ready to call Kanye the greatest living rock star, if his recent interview with the New York Daily News is any indication.

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“Rap -- so many words, so little said,” Richards told the 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.”

His ire wasn't reserved for hip-hop, though -- the Rolling Stones guitarist also thinks most rock is unlistenable. “It sounds like a dull thud to me,” he says. “For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them. It’s endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation.”

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As for metal, Richards doesn't even have any constructive criticism to share. “Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath,” Richards says. “I just thought they were great jokes.”

Read the full interview at the New York Daily News.


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