#OldSchoolSaturday – Kurt Cobain – “We Can’t Dance, We Can’t Rap”

Oh, I don’t know. Was I drunk at that time? I’m a fan of rap music, but most of it is so misogynist that I can’t even deal with it. I’m really not that much of a fan, I totally respect and love it because it’s one of the only original forms of music that’s been introduced, but the white man doing rap is just like watching a white man dance. We can’t dance, we can’t rap

Kurt Cobain 1991

An interview with the iconic Kurt Cobain of Nirvana has surfaced online and it is causing some controversy because of the quote above. It is believed to be recorded just before the release of “Nevermind” as Dead City Beat’s Bandcamp page is the source of this discussion. Kobain let his belief be known that he doesn’t think white people should be rapping speaking with Robert Lorusso. 

The white man has ripped off the black man for long enough

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain felt that the culture of African Americans was already being culture vulture enough without the artform of hip hop getting taken advantage of. It’s to be noted that Cobain said this in an era where Vanilla Ice had just previously went platinum for his single “Ice Ice Baby” and “Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch” were on the charts. Mark Whalberg never speaks of his days as a rapper and Vanilla Ice is a footnote in history. This of course was well before the reign of Eminem in hip hop.

The interview was conducted in Canada and can be listened to here.