Keith Richards Takes a Jab at Rappers

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Keith Richards, the legendary guitarist of the Rolling Stones, isn’t one to hold back his opinions, and in a recent interview, he made it clear that he’s not a fan of rap music.

At 79 years old, Richards is known for his candid and straightforward remarks.

When asked about rap music in an interview with The Telegraph, he didn’t mince words:

“I don’t really like to hear people yelling at me and telling me it’s music, aka rap. I can get enough of that without leaving my house.”

Richards, who was promoting the Stones’ upcoming 24th studio album, ‘Hackney Diamonds,’ didn’t stop there. He also took a swipe at pop music, saying:

“I don’t want to start complaining about pop music. It’s always been rubbish. I mean, that’s the point of it. They make it as cheap and as easy as possible and therefore it always sounds the same; there’s very little feel in it.”

What Keith Richards enjoys in music is the sound of people playing instruments.


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He’s not a fan of what he calls “plastic synthesized muzak,” the type of music commonly heard in elevators.

‘Hackney Diamonds,’ the Rolling Stones’ upcoming album, is set to be released on October 20 via Universal. It’s a significant release as it marks the band’s first album of original material since 2005’s ‘A Bigger Bang.’ The album was produced by Andrew Watt (known for his work with Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne, and Miley Cyrus) and recorded in various renowned studios.

The 12-track album was introduced to the world with the single ‘Angry,’ featuring a video starring US actress Sydney Sweeney.

‘Hackney Diamonds’ also boasts some notable guest appearances, including Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga on the track ‘Sweet Sounds Of Heaven.’ Interestingly, Gaga’s involvement in the album came about casually when she was recording in the same New York studio and asked if she could contribute.

As Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones gear up for the release of their new album, it’s clear that he’s not afraid to share his candid opinions on today’s music landscape.


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