Five Finger Death Punch Singer Calls Rappers ‘Soft,’ Metal Musicians ‘Real Dudes’
Five Finger Death Punch's lead singer, Ivan Moody, recently sounded off on the current state of hip-hop in an interview with the radio station Rock 108. He spoke on the mentality of rappers who are currently seeing success, saying they're "about as hard as soft butter." He added, "That's all there is to it. I have not met a rap dude yet who intimidates me - at all."
"I meet these rock guys, these metal guys, and we are very real," Moody explained. "You're talking about Corey Taylor and Randy [Blythe] and myself, J.D. [Jonathan Davis] - these are real dudes, and no way am I gonna walk to up to [them] and talk shit about their wife or their kid. Dude, I would show up at somebody's door stoop. I'd be, like, 'You know what? We've got something to talk about now.' I'm not gonna rap about it. So it's just hilarious to me on one level where these guys get away with that, and then I meet them, and they're just gentle, weird kids. I'm, like, 'You guys are great with you lyrics, but, man, when it comes to the solid spinal part of this thing, you are lacking… You have to carry a gun. Now I get it. I carry one 'cause I want to, not because I have to watch my ass.' Anyway… You heard it here first - they're all half sissies. Not all of them, but I'm serious - 75 percent of the ones I've met."
He later discussed an encounter he had with rapper Tech N9ne. "He's the nicest guy on earth… He's so cool - he's so cool, man. And he's got this thing - when he was in the studio doing 'Mama Said Knock You Out' with us - when he would have to do a second take, he'd be like, 'Give us a second,' and he'd go, 'It's all Jesus. It's all Jesus. Everything's Jesus.' And that was his thing. I expected to have Tech N9ne hardcore, running up in there. He's like five [feet and] four [inches tall] and just funny. He's rolling around with an Asian personal assistant and didn't have a big posse. So it's just funny to me. I don't know where these rap guys get off trying to act so hard."
You can listen to Moody's interview in full below. What do you think about the current climates of rap and metal music? Two decades ago the genres were beginning to enter the peak of their sonic combination (a.k.a. nu-metal). Today (Nov. 30) is the 14-year anniversary of Linkin Park and Jay-Z's collaboration album Collision Course. Do you think the two genres will ever cross paths on that level of commercial success again?
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