Slash Recalls Keith Richards’ Reaction To The Hip Hop Musicians In Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash recently gave an interview to Loudwire during which he remembered how Keith Richards reacted to the hip-hop artists in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
In 2012, Slash was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of Guns N’ Roses’ classic lineup. During the ceremony, he performed three songs, ‘Paradise City,’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine,’ and ‘Mr. Brownstone,’ with the other inductees Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke, and Myles Kennedy.
Although Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, and Dizzy Reed were also inducted, they declined to attend. Apart from them, the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards was also at the ceremony as a performer. On the other hand, there were also hip-hop bands at the induction ceremony, named Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five and Beastie Boys.
Since the year 2007, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has been adding some hip-hop artists to their inductions. As of now, six hip-hop acts have been inducted, named Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five, Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, N.W.A, and Tupac Shakur. As it seems, Slash and Richards have different views about this issue.
In a recent interview with Loudwire, Slash said he feels it’s a little bit weird to see a lot of hip-hop acts at the induction ceremonies. Following that, he recalled how Keith Richards told him that he doesn’t get ‘the hippity hoppity’ upon seeing the hip-hop bands at the induction. Moreover, Slash claimed that although these acts might be prominent, he doesn’t get how they relate to rock and roll.
During the conversation, Slash said the following:
“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has become this big mythical thing, right? It doesn’t really mean anything, but somehow they made it seem like it does. So, we all sort of like ‘Oh, we’re going to be part of this thing!’ That’s just an imaginary status thing, I guess.
But I think genres in terms of that when you say Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I do get a little weirded out when I see a lot of hip hop in there. I don’t get that necessarily. I had a great conversation with Keith Richards about that one time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I forgot who it was that was up there, and he was like ‘Well, I don’t get the hippity hoppity.’
It was classic Keith Richards, right? I understood where he was coming from because there are some legendary artists in that genre, but how they relate to rock and roll sometimes I just don’t see the connection. But it is what it is. It is controversial, but I don’t think people should get so bent out of shape because it doesn’t f*cking matter.”
You can watch the full interview below.