Gene Simmons has voiced his disapproval at the induction of N.W.A into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a barbed tweet.
The Kiss bassist and singer compared their induction to seeing rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix being nominated for a Hip Hop Hall of Fame – something he doesn’t envisage happening.
He writes: “"Respectfully-- let me know when @JimiHendrix gets into the hip hop hall of fame. Then youll have a point. @icecube”
During N.W.A’s induction, Ice Cube spoke out from the stage declaring rock n’ roll was a lifestyle and a spirit more than a genre of music.
He said: “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.
“Rock 'n' roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and life. That is rock 'n' roll and that is us.”
But Simmons remains unmoved by the sentiment as his Tweet follows earlier comments made in the press in which he said: “It's really back-room politics, like Boss Tweed. A few people decide what's in and what's not.
“And the masses just scratch their heads. 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 play guitar. They sample and they talk. Not even sing!"
He continued: "If you asked Donna [Summer], 'What kind of artist are you?', do you think she would say 'rock?' If you asked Madonna, 'What kind of artist are you?' do you think she would say, 'Oh, rock!' So what they hell are they doing in the Hall Of Fame? They can run their organization any way they'd like, but it ain't rock! It just isn't!
“If you don't play guitar and you don't write your own songs, you don't belong there.”