Soul legend Isaac Hayes is urging young African-Americans to turn their
backs on rap and concentrate on making music.
The singer/songwriter admits he was a fan of hip-hop when the genre first
started breaking through because it was angry and fresh, but now he believes
too many rappers are lured by the idea of fame and fortune instead of a desire
to have their
He says, "Rap started out with a lot of anger, then they threw a lot of
money at these guys, and they missed the point. It's about giving and
"I'd like to see kids play live music more. They've been throwing mad
money at them, which is fine, but they need real art, some real music
education. That will ensure that the art will continue."
Hayes, a mainstay of Memphis, Tennessee's STAX studio system, where talent
was nurtured in the 1960s, insists kids don't have to look back far for
inspiration and individuality.
He adds, "Back then, you knew who KOOL + THE GANG was, the OHIO PLAYERS
and EARTH, WIND + FIRE. You could tell the SPINNERS from the DELFONICS. Now
everything sounds alike."