Bo Diddley told a high school crowd that rap is disrespectful toward women:
- The 74-year-old bluesman says rap “is not a thing that’s going to last as long as I have.”
“First of all, you can’t understand what it is and it has no meaning,” Diddley told an audience Thursday at Dunnellon High School. Dunnellon is about 35 miles from Diddley’s home in Archer, near Gainesville in north Florida.
“The lyrics are very disgusting because you are a person, and a person deserves respect,” he said. “I have daughters, my mother was a woman, and I don’t like what I’m hearing.”
….He suggested students discover their talents and use them to earn a living and stressed the importance of hard work.
“You’ve got to hustle, man,” he said. “There’s a legal way to hustle.”
Diddley also performed his own style of “clean” rap: “Some folks say old Bo Diddley can’t rap. I’m Bo Diddley and I ain’t taking no nap.” [AP]