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Spin: “The Rap on Kurt, Hood Pass 4 Life.”


The new issue of Spin, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind and attempts to explain, “what Nevermind means now” is in stores now. I contributed a piece on hip-hop and Nirvana and the way that Nevermind was a seminal album for the hip-hop generation.

In April, prankish Canadian video interviewer Nardwuar the Human Serviette handed Lil Wayne a copy of the book Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind and asked about Nirvana’s influence on the rapper. “When I was young, they had a television station called the Box,” Wayne recalled. “And you used to call the station and order a video, and ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ used to always be on, and you had no choice but to get into it from there.”

As Nevermind became an undeniable phenomenon and Cobain a reluctant grunge poster child, the rapper born Dwayne Carter was in elementary school, pondering Nirvana’s cryptic, mumbled songs and developing his own oblique, free-associative style. But this type of ’90s genre crossing wasn’t odd; it was the experience of an entire generation. White kids discovered rap by watching that same weird video-request channel…

Written by Brandon

July 21st, 2011 at 10:15 pm

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