Pharrell Williams and Jay-Z Explain How Nirvana Made An Impact On Music
Pharrell Wiliams explain about his upcoming book.
His upcoming book “Pharrell: The Places and Spaces I’ve Been,” in his book the musician explains with Jay-Z how Nirvana made a huge impact on pop cutlture. Pharrell asks Jay-Z where was he when he first heard the track “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and Jay-Z replied starting that he was in Pharrell’s home state of Virginia. He even explains how Nirvana was born as rockers before them.
“First we got to go back to before grunge and why grunge happened,” explained Jay-Z. “‘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? 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.’”
Jay-Z explains that he was a hard time ignoring bands and musicians that make too much noise, and that Kurt Cobain was one of those figures. “I have always been a person who was curious about the music and when those forces come on the scene, they are inescapable,” Jay-Z explains. “Can’t take your eyes off them, can’t stop listening to them. Cobain was one of those figures. I knew we had to wait for a second before we became that dominant force in music.”