SLAYER’s GARY HOLT On Why Rap Is The Number One Music Form In America

Gary Holt Live

SLAYER and EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt returned to Rock City Music Company in Livonia, Michigan on May 18. The capacity crowd was entertained as Gary told stories from his incredible career, performed some of his most classic riffs and shredded everyone from Kanye West to Kylie Jenner.

Speaking about the current state of hip-hop, Holt said: “I like old-school rap. Maybe I’m just showing my age. Back in my day, rappers used to actually have rhythm. They actually used to be funky. F*cking now, the sh*t is… they’re not even in time; they don’t even rhyme. It’s f*cked up.”

Pointing to a young music fan in the audience, Holt said: “Look, you’re a young dude, right? You want a career in music? Go tattoo the f*ck out of your face. You’ll be a f*cking rap star. That’s what dudes looked like when they passed out on the bus — we’d Sharpie the f*ck out of you. And now that’s what they look like on purpose. It’s crazy. They’re all f*cking Sharpied up.”

Holt also addressed the fact that rock has been unseated by the growing popularity of hip-hop in the past few years.

He said: “My theory on why rap is the number one f*cking music form in America now is ’cause there’s social media. Rappers — I’m friends with some and I love a lot of ’em, but they’ve always been about, ‘Look what I’ve got. Look at my diamonds and sh*t.’

“I saw a news article — it was about some 18-year-old rapper who bought a Rolls-Royce so he could smash the windshields out and put it on Instagram,” he continued. “All right, you’re a f*cking asshole, you’re dumb, and I hope you run out of money and you’re f*cking sucking dick behind a dumpster for money later. So, f*ck you.”