Foals Frontman Yannis Philippakis Blames David Guetta For Harming Hip-Hop

Musician says DJ is stopping genre progression

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Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis blames DJ David Guetta with delaying the progression of hip-hop.

The musician claims using French house music producer David's music as the background for hip-hop songs is harming the genre.

He told Digital Spy: “David Guetta is basically... it's not even something that really makes my blood boil because it is just bulls**t. It is an abomination but there needs to be bad music around. You need Jilly Cooper novels and pulp, trashy culture.

"Plus, some people like s**t music. I don't like David Guetta and I don't like that style. What bothers me more really is that a lot of hip-hop is being played over those backing tracks, and I find that a shame because I like hip-hop a lot.”

Yannis added that he can no longer listen to the music as he thinks the skill of performing the tracks has been taken away and that musicians have sold out.

He said: “I can't listen to current hip-hop because the MCing isn't the skill of it anymore; it's more putting it over super-garish club tracks. If you compare it to what DJ Premier was doing in the early '90s and Rza with Wu-Tang, that's got real artistry and grit.

"When I don't hear that, it feels like hip-hop has lost something rather than progressed.”

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