Acclaimed UK musician Tricky, known for both his solo work and his collaborations with legendary trip-hop crew Massive Attack, says hip-hop is to blame for Britain’s “gun and knife culture.” In an interview withÂ Uncut, the 40-year-oldÂ lamented hip-hop’s negative influence,Â sayingÂ “the music fuels violence and is in part to blame for the rising levels of crime in Britain.”
If that isn’t enough to make you shake your head in disgust and, to a lesser extent,Â irony (as a trip-hop musician Tricky owes much to his hip-hop forebears), keep reading. Tricky’s tenuous logic steers him down an increasingly absurdest path; he next suggests that hip-hop’s influence only affects Britons:
â€œYou can walk around the Bronx for days on end and nobody bothers you. In England, you can say the wrong thing in a pub and, before you know it, youâ€™ve got a bottle over your head or a bullet in your brain. English people have got quicker tempers.â€
And it only gets worse. Tricky throws further light on his own ignoranceÂ when the discussion turns to hip-hop fashion:
â€œ[When I was young] we were into clothes in a big way.Â [Today’s youth]Â donâ€™t have to think about getting dressed. They get the baseball cap and trainers on, thatâ€™s all it is.”
His views on youth violence are similarly archaic. Apparently, Tricky believes hip-hop led to the discovery of gun powder:
â€œWe used to throw stones at each other. Now they shoot bullets at each other. Hip hop has got a lot to do with that.â€
The best part of the interview, though, comes at the very end.Â Extra funnyÂ for how casually the author mentionsÂ them, Tricky’s political views areÂ hilariously ridiculous:
Tricky also claimed he is a peaceful person but would like to torture US President George Bush.
It’s too bad his music is so damn good. Otherwise I’d be boycotting his ass fo’ sho’.
I am therefore posting the following video begrudgingly. Very begrudgingly.Â