Fun Lovin’ Criminals front man Huey Morgan revealed his true feelings about UK hip hop in a recent interview with BBC radio One’s Jo Whiley. Huey slammed artists such as Tinie Tempah, Chipmunk, Dizzee Rascal and Lethal Bizzle calling them fake and commercial. He said
Current rap music is not real, the music’s made by somebody else and these guys are rapping about a car or a girl. I didn’t hear any self-deprecating English humour in there. I think irony is dead as far as that goes. These guys are just trying to make money.
UK hip hop artists would sell their mama for a Rolex. It’s all crap. I’m talking about Tinie Tempah, Lethal Bizzle. Dizzee Rascal, when I first heard his song, I thought there was something wrong with him. I didn’t get it and I grew up on hip hop.
Morgan then slams Lethal Bizzle and Chipmunk for acting like they have hard reputations and lead tough lives
Paul Simon is from Queens, he probably came from a rougher neighbourhood than Lethal Bizzle did. Go to South Bronx in 1978, that’s tough. People are shooting at other people, like random drive-bys in Los Angeles. NWA comes out, those guys came from the street. I see kids, Chipmunk and stuff like that, walking around like they think they own the world. I don’t hate the game, I understand what it is. To me, I might be an old man now, but it’s kind of fake. Rap was never supposed to be commercial. Now it’s not hip hop, it’s ‘hip-pop’.
We’re sure Lethal B, Tinie and Chipmunk are less than pleased by Morgan’s statements. But is Morgan right, has UK hip hop become far too pop like? Do UK artists try to hard to look ‘hard’?