More Truths from Keith Richards: Digs at Sabbath, Metallica, Rap

Keith Richards is on a roll with throwing jabs at fellow musicians these days. Probably because he has his first solo album in 23 years, Crosseyed Heart, coming out September 18. Richards told the New York Daily News that he wishes it was a Stones album. The Stones have not released a studio album in a decade.

“I had no intention of making solo albums,” Richards told the Daily News. “I always thought, ‘I’m a Stones man. None shall leave!’ At the same time, we had years of spare time and I wanted to work.”

As for his comments on other artists, well, let’s just say he’s telling it like it is. Or at least how he sees it.

“Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath,” Richards said. “I just thought they were great jokes.”

In fact, he isn’t impressed with most rock bands these days. “It sounds like a dull thud to me. For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them. It’s endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation.”

But he saves his best insults for rap music:

“Rap: So many words, so little said,” he told the Daily News. “What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there,” he says. “All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they’re happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can’t tell one note from another.”

Richards’ album Crosseyed Heart is available for pre-order now through his website (link below).

Listen to Keith Richards play “Trouble” from Crosseyed Heart:


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