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Foals: 'David Guetta is ruining hip-hop'

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Foals have accused David Guetta of harming the progression of hip-hop.

The band's frontman Yannis Philippakis told Digital Spy that the 'Titanium' star's "bulls**t" music style being used to background hip-hop songs damages the genre.

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International Male Solo Artist: David Guetta performs during the iHeartRadio music festival

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Philippakis said: "David Guetta is basically... it's not even something that really makes my blood boil because it is just bulls**t. It is an abomination but there needs to be bad music around. You need Jilly Cooper novels and pulp, trashy culture.

"Plus, some people like s**t music. I don't like David Guetta and I don't like that style. What bothers me more really is that a lot of hip-hop is being played over those backing tracks, and I find that a shame because I like hip-hop a lot."

He added: "I can't listen to current hip-hop because the MCing isn't the skill of it anymore; it's more putting it over super-garish club tracks. If you compare it to what DJ Premier was doing in the early '90s and Rza with Wu-Tang, that's got real artistry and grit.

"When I don't hear that, it feels like hip-hop has lost something rather than progressed."

The Foals on 'Later with Jools Holland', 13 Nov 2012 (Jimmy Smith, Walter Gervers and Yannis Philippakis)

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Philippakis also attacked the supposed re-emergence of indie, saying that guitar bands will never die and that what is fashionable is controlled by the media.

"I think [this guitar rock resurgence] is bulls**t. If drum 'n' bass won't die then guitar bands ain't going nowhere. It's just something that people say to try and add interest to what is essentially a very pedestrian thing to talk about," he told DS.

"Nothing really changes; you've just got slight vacillations of progress in music. There's always going to be guitar bands; it's whether some programmer or media hobnob in West London decides to say whether it's in or not.

"It's just to do with the transparency of it rather than how exciting it is. Often the most exciting moments in guitar music are when there's no attention on it. When people say, 'It's the reign of the guitar band', that's when the worst records get put out."

> Read Digital Spy's full interview with Yannis on the return of Foals and more

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