April 25, 2016


L.A. Guns Frontman on Racist Remarks: 'I Stand By My Words'

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Here's a really gross one for ya: L.A. Guns frontman Phil Lewis has sparked controversy, delivering what arguably might be the worst "compliment" of all time. While his rock band was performing at the Fish Head Cantina in Baltimore, Maryland on Friday night, Lewis attempted to pay tribute to the late great Prince but did so...questionably, to say the least. And now, he's not backing down from what he said.

He told the crowd:

“I remember when we were working on Cocked And Loaded, we were on tour, and they said there was a venue that we could play in Minnesota – First Avenue.

I didn’t know too much about it at the time but after I saw the movie, I got it. We were all into that Prince, right? It was so cool, because you had your heavy shit, and you had the pop shit – and there was Prince doing his own fucking thing."

Seems alright, right? He continued:

“The problem is, right now – and I’m not gonna be a racist about it – but black people are all one-dimensional. We need more Princes. We need less fucking rappers and more people like Prince. There, I said it."

In attempt to clear the air, Lewis wrote on Facebook (via Metal Sludge):

“I was just thinking about the AA family who recently moved in the house next to mine. They’re all very nice but it’s obvious that they’re drinking the gangsta rap or hoops mentality Kool Aid – is that racist as well? My solution has been to provide and teach the two 10 year olds basic guitar with the hope it will broaden their horizons as it did mine. Don’t expect there will be a new Prince anytime soon but damn sure there will be countless rappers spouting the 'money and hos' moronic nonsense that does the black community no favours at all.

I’m sure there are plenty of multi-dimensional brilliant musicians out there but not likely to hear about them on mainstream black media. Shame. More Princes, less rappers.”

Heavy stuff, man.