Roger Daltrey says ‘hip-hop hasn’t evolved at all’ and calls Kanye West’s music “kind of meaningless”

The Who frontman weighs in on today's charts

Roger Daltrey doesn’t think hip-hop has evolved since its beginnings, while also calling Kanye West‘s music “kind of meaningless.”

Daltrey released his tenth solo album ‘As Long As I Have You’ on the same day as West dropped his lastest LP ‘ye’ (June 1) and had some thoughts on the rapper.

When asked if he knew West’s music, Daltery told Rolling Stone: “I do because he did a big festival in England a few years ago,” seemingly recalling West’s Glastonbury set in 2015.


He continued: “It’s kind of meaningless to me, to be honest with you. I like some of the rhythms of rap. But [it] hasn’t gone anywhere from the first record [that] ever came out with those kind of rhythms, has it?”

When asked to clarify his comments on the genre, Daltrey said: “Has hip-hop evolved? I don’t think it has at all.” However, he did sing the praises of one rapper. “I do think Eminem is still one of the most creative people in that whole arena. He’s fabulous. I love him.”

Last month, Daltrey confirmed details of his long-awaited memoir. A post on The Who’s Facebook page revealed that the memoir will be titled Thank A Lot Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story and will be released on October 18 in the UK, arriving in the US five days later. The cover features a black-and-white photo of a young Daltrey.

Daltrey will also hold a signing at the 2018 London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre on October 18 to mark the book’s release, while fans who pre-order the memoir will also be entered into a prize draw to win an exclusive personalised and signed print.

The book will reportedly contain all of Daltrey’s experiences over the decades with The Who but also his solo career. It will focus particularly on how Britain has changed since he was born in 1944.

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