Read his entire response courtesy of Hip Hop Congress

While answering fans’ questions on the Who’s official website (, Pete Townshend argued against one fan’s view that rap and hip-hop are dominating the charts and essentially blocking positions for new rock music. When asked about what he felt about rap and hip-hop’s “stranglehold” on the pop charts, Townshend answered, “Rap and hip-hop is the music of the street today. The street is where rock came from. When the white rock players and their fans stopped hanging out on the street, and started hanging out in restaurants, the reality shifted.”