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Jay-Z Says Nirvana “Stopped” Hip-Hop for a Second

October 6, 2012 · Posted in news · 23 Comments 

Pharrell’s forthcoming book titled The Places and Spaces I’ve Been features interviews with figures like Buzz Aldrin, Kanye West, Anna Wintour, and Jay-Z. During his talk with Jay-Z, they talked about Nirvana’s impact on pop culture and how it “stopped” hip-hop.

“So, where were you mentally and physically when grunge music hit,” asked Pharrell. “Like where were you when you first heard, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit?'”

Jay replies saying that he was in V-to-the-izz-A, also known as Virginia, Pharrell’s home state. But Jay being the thinker that he is, he quickly starts talking about grunge’s history. “First we got to go back to before grunge and why grunge happened,” says Jay. “Hair bands dominated the airwaves and rock became more about looks than about actual substance and what it stood for, the rebellious spirit of youth. That’s why “Teen Spirit” rang so loud because it was right on point with how everyone felt, you know what I’m saying?”

Jigga man then went on to say that grunge, Nirvana in particular, stopped hip-hop’s momentum. “It was weird because hip-hop was becoming this force, then grunge music stopped it for one second, ya know? Those ‘hair bands’ were too easy for us to take out,” he says. “When Kurt Cobain came with that statement it was like, ‘We got to wait awhile.'”

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23 Responses to “Jay-Z Says Nirvana “Stopped” Hip-Hop for a Second”

  1. Nate on October 9th, 2012 2:57 am

    Please, like Hip Hop has any substance


    Jake Reply:

    Yes it does, Weed!


    jayzurtits Reply:

    @Nate, exactly


    Alicia Dihm Reply:

    @Nate, Clearly go

    You have not listened to much Hip Hop!!!


    jack of all Reply:

    He’s talking back in the early 90’s Einstein….hip-hop had a LOT OF SUBSTANCE BACK THEN!!! Dont get it confused with today’s crap rap! There was more substance in rap than rock music in that time period


    bee Reply:


    Thank you!


  2. RC on October 9th, 2012 3:04 am

    Even so it wasn’t him who brought it back or kept it going….it was the acts of Tupac and Biggy not this poser!


  3. art on October 9th, 2012 3:08 am

    yep they was playin nirvana on 106.1 KMEL a HIP HOP station in the bay area


  4. barack on October 9th, 2012 3:09 am



    jack of all Reply:

    this guy needs to get laid


  5. Judge Dredd on October 9th, 2012 3:32 am

    well.. grunge also derived from punk.. it was just a new era spawned from the north west.. alot of these guys like green river, the melvins, nirvana all listened to hardcore punk which had been coined here across america since the late 70s early 80s.. it was that same spirit of just picking up an instrument and playing.. jay z is completely wrong.. of how grunge derived.. he can only speak on behalf of the mind of a A and R guy.. a record exec.. Topple the rock.. Poke the pyramid in its eye..


  6. bee on October 9th, 2012 5:16 am

    He should shut the fuck up. Rock music has ALWAYS been about something other then drugs and referring to women as bi#%#s. Thank you very much.


    weavehole Reply:


    Yes! Like songs 1 and 3 on side 2 Rolling Stones’ 1971 album Sticky Fingers for eg.


  7. Revolver on October 9th, 2012 6:15 am

    He’s partly right. The genre was a resurgence of underground punk rock which had always been. It’s just that, Nevermind took off because it was way different from Poison, GnR, Bon Jovi, etc. It meant something totally different, to a younger generation than the one that grew up in the late 80’s. Think that only 4 years separates HS seniors from freshman, and that trends change in that amount of time. As far as stopping hip hop? Dr. Dre’s solo album, Snoop’s Doggy style, Tupac, Ice Cube, etc it was the gangsta rap renaissance, if you will from 92-96, also. Grunge and gangsta rap were pretty popular at the same time.


    Ace Harm Reply:

    You are right, but remember gansta rap wasn’t considered Hip Hop.


  8. dave on October 9th, 2012 7:14 am

    pffff ….some people need to came down and walk thrue the earth


  9. Kc Recchio on October 9th, 2012 7:24 am

    Kurt liked hip-hop though.. he even said it was a pure form of expression in music

    R.I.P a true legend KDC


  10. Peter on October 9th, 2012 8:54 am

    Jay who ?!?!? hip hop is for children, grunge for people with a mind..


    Mark Reply:

    @Peter, Well.. I am just sick of people only knowing Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Mudhoney – and still call themselves “Grunge-fans”..
    Come on, Hip Hop isn’t that bad – some prefer Grunge, some prefer Hip Hop..


  11. tom on October 9th, 2012 1:35 pm

    i’m like a Rock fan and i hate the kids today , because they don’t know what they’re listening , Justin bieber is like a singer to them.. LOL


  12. marijn on October 9th, 2012 2:01 pm

    Kurt cobain is the best!
    R.I.P. Kurt


  13. Jorge on October 9th, 2012 7:13 pm

    Fuck you hip-hop!!! Kurt Cobain was , and will be a legend For Ever!!! And you!? Nothing!!!! ROCK ON \m/


  14. Jeezy mcgarnicle on October 9th, 2012 11:55 pm

    And now he’s in the lime light cause he rhymes tight.


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