Speaking to Gigwise, the pair said that there was a difference between hip-hop and rap, and also suggested that modern artists were too focused on consumerism.
“I think the element of hip-hop left when rap music started being created on a slow tempo,” claimed Flavor Flav. “It’s just stayed there for years. Right now, a lot of rap music today is being created at very low tempos.
“There’s no more of that ‘Wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care’ – you know, something that makes you wanna get out there and breakdance,” he added. “Rap music has lost that element right now, mainly over in America. There’s not too many great hip-hop records out there, but there are some great rap records. Lil Wayne is making some great rap records, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, Snoop [Dogg] – everybody is making great rap records, but it’s not hip-hop.”
His bandmate Chuck D, meanwhile, said: “If you love hip-hop, ask yourself why. We’ve done it around the world for 26 years in 90 countries and we have our reasons – but we think it should be along the lines of Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and Bobby Womack. It should be able to cover all aspects. When it’s just about ‘I got money and you don’t have money’, that’s just taking advantage of the naivety of people.”
Last month (June 19), Public Enemy released their single ”Get Up Stand Up’ via BitTorrent. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.