Rick Rubin said that in the 1980s the mainstream music industry considered hip-hop “evil” and sought to censor the genre, believing it to be “non-musical”.
Producer and music mogul Rubin, who co-founded Def Jam and has worked with Slayer, Public Enemy, AC/DC, Johnny Cash, Beastie Boys, and more, spoke with comedian/actor Russell Brand at Brand’s. was free stay Bland brought up the subject when he asked him about his own experiences with censorship and the “culture wars.”
Rubin replies:That it didn’t exist, they didn’t understand what it was, and that was hip-hop. Ban, it was not played on any radio station, and the people who did it were ‘inhumane’ and it was ‘unmusical’…it was evil and evil…and now it is It is the most popular music format in the world.World. “
“The people who were making hip-hop were doing it out of love for this art form,” continues Rubin. “And maybe they had never been to a music academy, or they were great virtuosos, but they had something to say. had a different life experience and wanted to express it, and they expressed it in such an elegant and beautiful way that you could not understand it unless you were part of it. As time went by, people came to understand it, and now it’s taking the world by storm.
“In the early days, I could not have expected rap music to become what it is today, nor could I have expected it to become popular because rap music is a very underground form of music, Because I didn’t want to see it live somewhere.The fact that it’s alive today is a comforting feeling that something good is coming.The power to hold back the good is enough to do it It’s not that strong.
See the evolution of the conversation below. Trigger warning: Russell Brand included.