Slayer/Exodus axeman Gary Holt did a clinic a few days ago and touched upon various topics.
Speaking about the current state of hip-hop, Holt said:
“I like old-school rap. Maybe I’m just showing my age. Back in my day, rappers used to actually have rhythm. They actually used to be funky. F*c*ing now, the sh*t is… they’re not even in time; they don’t even rhyme. It’s f*c*ed up.”
Pointing to a young music fan in the audience, Holt said:
“Look, you’re a young dude, right? Do you want a career in music? Go tattoo the f*ck out of your face. You’ll be a f*c*ing rap star. That’s what dudes looked like when they passed out on the bus — we’d Sharpie the f*ck out of you. And now that’s what they look like on purpose. It’s crazy. They’re all f*c*ing Sharpied up.”
Holt also addressed the fact that rock has been unseated by the growing popularity of hip-hop in the past few years. He said:
“My theory on why rap is the number one f*c*ing music form in America now is ’cause there are social media. Rappers — I’m friends with some and I love a lot of ’em, but they’ve always been about, ‘Look what I’ve got. Look at my diamonds and sh*t.’
“I saw a news article — it was about some 18-year-old rapper who bought a Rolls-Royce so he could smash the windshields out and put it on Instagram. All right, you’re a f*c*ing a*sh*le, you’re dumb, and I hope you run out of money and you’re f*c*ing sucking d*ck behind a dumpster for money later. So, f*ck you.”