Keith Richards slams Black Sabbath, Metallica, rap music

keithrichardsFirst it was Sgt. Pepper. Now, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has moved on to Black Sabbath, Metallica, and rap music.

In August, Richards caught some attention when he called The Beatles’ revered Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band “a mismash of rubbish.” That pales in comparison for the words Richards had in a New York Daily News article published on Thursday.

The article says Richards criticized the state of rock n’ roll music as well as heavy metal, in particular Black Sabbath and Metallica.

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“It sounds like a dull thud to me,” Richards said. “For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them. It’s endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation.”

“Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath. I just thought they were great jokes.”

But Richards saved his sharpest criticism for rap music and its fans.

“Rap — so many words, so little said,” Richards said. “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.”

It’s safe to say Richards, who is releasing his first solo album in 23 years (Crosseyed Heart) on September 18, won’t win any new fans with those words, but it’s doubtful that he cares too much. Richards also discussed his album, Mick Jagger, and more in the interview. Click here to read.

Photo credit: By SolarScott [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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