Media icon Larry King has interviewed some of the biggest stars throughout his half-a-century long career… but in 2014, he sat down with more hip-hop artists than ever before.
Via his Larry King Now show, which moved from CNN to Ora TV, the 81-year-old has spoken with the likes of Tyler the Creator, Pusha T, DJ Khaled, T-Pain and Common, among others.
In a recent interview with VICE, However, King explained his interest in the genre, admitting that while he’s “not a fan of the music”, he does respect “that the music is appreciated by many.”
“I’m fascinated with all forms of music,” he said. “My musical tastes go back to [Frank] Sinatra and Ella [Fitzgerald], so most of these artists are new to me. But I’m fascinated, as I have young children, and they listen to these [musicians]. So sometimes I’ll go home and say, ‘I interviewed T.I. today,’ and I didn’t know who that was going in, but they knew all about him. I’m learning on the run. But enjoying it a lot.”
As the interview continued, King said his age is the reason why he doesn’t particularly like hip-hop.
“I’m 81 years old,” he said. “I’m curious about a lot of things. I’m accepting of a lot of things. To me, lyrics mean Cole Porter and Irving Berlin and Frank Sinatra singing them.
“I don’t appreciate hip-hop,” King added. “But if it’s good hip-hop, and people like it, I understand it finding its audience.”