Foreigner’s Jeff Pilson Says Hip-Hop Artists Represent ‘Rock Music’ Of Their Generation

Foreigner’s Jeff Pilson is not upset about non-rock artists being inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

During a new interview with Rockbandreviews, the rocker discussed his own nomination to the Hall Of Fame. Shortly after his band was nominated for induction into the prestigious Hall, Pilson shared his viewpoint, stating that some hip-hop artists represent the rock music of their generation:

“I think certain hip-hop artists do deserve to be in there, because they sort of represent the rock and roll of their generation in many ways.”

What Other Rockers Think Of This?

Over the years, different non-rock musicians have been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame numerously. Such artists include Run-DMC, Beastie Boys, 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G. AND Eminem.

Many other artists shared their disappointments in the Hall Of Fame for inducting non-rock musicians. In 2017, Gene Simmons expressed disapproval of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame including rap artists, making negative comments. He asserted that, in his opinion, hip-hop acts did not have a place in the institution.

While Simmons disapproved of the induction of hip-hop artists, some rockers approved of it too. Slipknot’s Corey Taylor was asked about Simmons’ comments on the matter, to which he responded:

“I see what Gene’s saying, and, you know, I’m old-school guy as well; I get it. But at the same time, the more I look at what N.W.A. did, man, I mean, they influenced me, and I’m a rock and roll guy. So how do they not deserve to be in there? To me, bands like that, bands like RUN–D.M.C., it’s a different type of band, but it’s a band, man. I mean, that’s straight up. So I can see both sides of it.”

You can see the interview below.