Kurt Cobain says white men ‘can’t dance or rap’ in unearthed interview

The Nirvana frontman spoke about his feelings on hip-hop and the music press in the conversation

An old interview with Kurt Cobain has been unearthed in which he gives his assessment on white men attempting to rap.

The Nirvana frontman spoke to Robert Lorusso, who was 21 years old at the time, in Toronto on September 20, 1991, when the band were on the road promoting ‘Nevermind’.

During the 10-minute conversation, Lorusso asks Cobain about comments he had made to Billboard, where he said “the white man ripped off the black man long enough – they should leave rap music to the African-Americans.”



The late icon replied: “Was I drunk at the time?” He continued: “I’m a fan of rap music but most of it is so misogynist that I can’t even deal with it.”

He went on to say that, while he wasn’t “that much of a fan” of the genre, he “totally respect[ed] and love[d] it because it’s one of the only original forms of music that’s been introduced.” He added: “But the white man doing rap is just like watching a white man dance. We can’t dance, we can’t rap.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Cobain explained why he didn’t like interviews, calling the process “bullshit”. “I’m getting really bored with the same questions all the time,” he said. “It’s understandable. And I also realise that most of the interviewers have to just ask the standard questions because we don’t have much of an image and there’s not much story behind our band, so what people can grasp, they base their interview off of that.”

He added that he was tired of the “independent going on to a major label” angle, but “it’s happened and there’s nothing we can do about it, so there’s no sense in analysing it.” You can listen to the interview in full above. 


Meanwhile, the surviving members of Nirvana reunited for a special performance at Foo Fighters‘ CalJam last month (October 6). Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear were joined by special guests Joan Jett, The Distillers‘ Brody Dalle, and Deer Tick’s John McCauley for a six-song set at the Californian festival.


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