Huey Morgan: "uk Hip-Hop Artists Would Sell Their Mama For A Rolex..."
Huey Morgan, a member of the Fun Lovin' Criminals, vented his frustrations about UK urban artists in a recent interview. The star called out mainly MCs, such as Tinie Tempah, Lethal Bizzle, Chipmunk and Dizzee Rascal, who he didn’t really get – being the hip-hop expert that he is...
Huey Morgan told BBC Radio 1's Jo Whiley: "I'm from New York, and that's where hip-hop was born, and that's where it's from. It was originally a communication tool, from borough to borough, from Queens to Brooklyn, from Manhattan to Staten Island. Hip-hop music is a lifestyle. It's not professional wrestling.
"Current rap music is not real, the music's made by somebody else and these guys are rapping about a car or a girl. I didn't hear any self-deprecating English humour in there. I think irony is dead, as far as that goes. These guys are just trying to make money."
He continued: "UK hip-hop artists would sell their mama for a Rolex. I'm talking about Tinie Tempah, Lethal Bizzle. Dizzee Rascal, when I first heard his song, I thought there was something wrong with him. I didn't get it and I grew up on hip-hop. Paul Simon is from Queens, he probably came from a rougher neighbourhood than Lethal Bizzle did. Go to South Bronx in 1978, that's tough. People are shooting at other people, like random drive-bys in Los Angeles.
"NWA comes out, those guys came from the street. I see kids, Chipmunk and stuff like that, walking around like they think they own the world. I don't hate the game, I understand what it is. To me, I might be an old man now, but it's kind of fake. Rap was never supposed to be commercial. Now it's not hip-hop, it's 'hip-pop'."
We're pretty sure he would have a change of heart if he went to a grime rave in east London.
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)