crossposted from our comrades at One People’s Project
HOW ‘BLACK CULTURE’ CHASED FORMER W.A.S.P. GUITARIST OUT OF AMERICA
One People’s Project
In an interview with the metal website Riff Metal Mag, Chris Holmes, a former member of the 1980s metal band W.A.S.P., says he left America and will never return because hip hop and black culture ruined opportunities for heavy metal to flourish.
“Well, unless you’re the opposite of me — a hip-hop artist or a rapper — you won’t sell in America anymore,” he said in the videotaped interview during Hellfest 2014 last month in Clisson, France. “There’s no rock magazines anymore. The black culture has really… The black culture has taken hip hop to white… The white culture and all the kids act like that; they wear their pants down. I think it’s… I’m not 100 percent sure, but I when they go to school and they listen to hard rock, it’s called ‘pussy music.’ [They are told] ‘You need to listen to gangster rap.’ I think that’s what it is.”
Earlier in the interview, Holmes, 56, said that he sold all of his belongings in his native California and relocated to Cannes, France. “I left in February, L.A., I left — gone,” he said. “I don’t plan on going back. I’m gone. I ain’t going back to America… At all. I left. Gone, History. I sold everything I had there. I left my dog there. I’m gonna send for him.”
This was not the first time that Holmes has ranted against hip hop and the way it changed the musical landscape. In an interview with a Russian metal site, he was even more offensive in his rant against the music, and in particular whites who adopt the culture. “Yeah, it sucks!” he said to Headbanger.ru. “It’s so called nigger music. I’ll say that word, I don’t care if niggers are in the room or not to get my opinion, that’s the way it is. Rap is just starting to hit Europe, and it kind of makes me sick, because I don’t like it when kids act like niggers.”
Holmes joined W.A.S.P. In 1982 and played with them until 1990, only to return in 1996, performing with them until 2001. Once married to metal guitarist Lita Ford, he is best known for his scene in Penelope Spheeris’s documentary The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years, where he sat in a pool drinking vodka while his mother sat poolside.