Flavor Flav of Public Enemy performs onstage at the Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway on June 21, 2013 in Dover, Delaware
*Flavor Flav has given his two cents on the state of hip hop, saying popular artists like Jay Z, 50 Cent and Drake aren’t quite cutting it, reports The Huffington Post.
“I think the element of hip-hop left when rap music started being created on a slow tempo,” Flavor Flav told Gigwise backstage at the U.K. music festival Kendal Calling. “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. Rap music has lost that element right now, mainly over in America.”
Chuck D (L) and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy perform onstage at the Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway on June 21, 2013 in Dover, Delaware
The clock-wearing hip hop veteran, whose first album with Public Enemy debuted in 1987, specifically cited Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent and Snoop Lion as artists who are making “great rap records” that aren’t true hip-hop.
Flav labeled Public Enemy’s 2012 track “31 Flavors,” from the album “The Evil Empire of Everything,” an example of genuine hip-hop.
Watch his Gigwise interview above to hear his full remarks on the genre. (Commentary on these hip-hop artists starts around the 6:05 mark.)