During the early ’90s hip-hop really hit its stride. Incredible MC’s became the decade’s rock stars, from Nas, Jay Z, Tupac, and The Notorious B.I.G. One theory for this is that the uprising of Grunge rock music gave rap an open lane for them to infiltrate and take over. At least that’s what Rob Zombie seems to think.
“When the grunge rock thing hit with Nirvana and all that, everybody thought it was cool to be anti-rock star,” Zombie explained to TeamRock ahead of his set at the UK hard rock festival. “They sort of anti-rock-starred themselves right out the door, because the rap guys came in and said, ‘F*ck it. We’ll be the rock stars if you guys are going to wear flannel shirts and stare at your feet.’”
“US rock music has never recovered from that,” he continued. “A whole generation of kids thought, ‘Rock music is boring. Let’s go listen to rap music.’”
So next time you’re listening to Illmatic, It Was Written, All Eyez On Me, Ready To Die, Life After Death, Reasonable Doubt, Hard Knock Life, The Slim Shady LP, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill or Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, just remember that Nirvana made that possible…sort of.
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