Slash says hip-hop has become "generic" and he likes the fact that "rock isn't mainstream anymore"
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also listed Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age as his current favorite bands and spoke about the re-union with Axl Rose in 2016.
On Friday, Slash released his third studio album with Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators. Titled 'Living The Dream', the album is a straight-up hard-rocking affair that pairs the legendary guitar work of Slash with the soaring vocals of Myles Kennedy. However, while the album is a great example of rock music, it appears that Slash believes he’s no longer playing a mainstream genre of music.
As part of the promotion for the album, Slash recently sat down with USA Today for an in-depth interview in which he spoke about his new music, the decline in the popularity of rock as a genre, and his current rapport with estranged Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose.
“Rock isn’t mainstream anymore, and in some ways, I like that,” Slash said concerning R&B/hip-hop overtaking rock as the biggest music genre in the US in terms of total consumption, as confirmed by the Nielsen 2017 US Music Year-End Report.
“It harks back to when rock ‘n’ roll was more of an underground concept, when people were speaking about things that they weren’t necessarily comfortable saying in the mainstream arena," the guitar legend added.
With that said, Slash also took a moment to address the state of affairs of the modern hip-hop landscape, the single most dominant genre in today's music. "As far as hip-hop is concerned, it’s become so generic at this point," Slash said, adding that the genre has become a "very top-40 thing."
The 53-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also spoke about his favorite bands from the current scene, adding that he still likes to go back to the classics every now and then.
“I love Foo Fighters. My favorite band consistently has been Queens of the Stone Age because they always put out cool, interesting records," he said. "But I still listen to a lot of old stuff because the rock ‘n’ roll that turned me on as a kid, not too much of it exists.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Slash also spoke about fellow GNR vocalist Axl Rose, with whom the guitarist had a bitter feud for around two decades before the two put aside their differences and shared the stage for the Guns N' Roses reunion tour in 2016, which is still ongoing.
"It was nice that it happened. I don’t know if I would have had the wherewithal to call him, just because I’m introverted and it might have been hard for me. Not during that initial phone call, but after that, it was really good to be able to get rid of some of the negative baggage that we’d been carrying around for a long time," Slash said, referencing the phone call from Rose two years ago that cemented the much-talked-about reunion.
"It’d been 20 years of not talking and letting this bad blood continue to be perpetuated by the media. It turned into something way bigger than what was really going on, so it was good to get past that," he explained.
Slash explained that has no regrets about the situation, and is relieved that things have been reconciled. “Things happen as they happen. I make it a point of not having any regrets.”