Rapper Jay Z said that Nirvana were so culturally powerful that hip-hop had to "wait awhile" before becoming the dominant sound of youth culture. He said this speaking to producer Pharrell Williams in his new coffee table book Pharrell: The Places and Spaces I’ve Been.
'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," he said.
He added that Cobain was a force bigger than hip-hop: "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; when Kurt Cobain came with that statement it was like, ‘We got to wait awhile'."
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