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“We can’t dance, we can’t rap.”
A newly unearthed interview with late Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic was released recently.
In the audio file uploaded to Bandcamp about a month ago, previously unheard audio uploaded by Roberto Lorusso titled, “My Embarrassing Interview With Kurt Cobain” from September 20, 1991 unveils a conversation with the then 24-year-old Cobain. In the interview, the musician shares his thoughts on rap and white rappers.
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.
At the time of the interview, Lorusso was an aspiring musician and a student at Western University’s campus radio station. In a description of the audio, which was recorded at the Opera House in Toronto, he wrote about how he’d thought Cobain was not settling in well with success:
As we spoke, I got a vague sense that he wasn’t really enjoying their success. I couldn’t understand it. I was so enamored with and envious of his talent and success I just couldn’t understand how he could have been so indifferent to it. A few years later it became very clear why.
In an interview with CTV, last week, he talked about the background of the interview, saying, “Nirvana wasn’t huge at that point… (I had) no idea that it was going to be such a meteoric rise of the artist at the time, but nonetheless for me, it was a big deal and I was remarkably nervous.”
Lorusso added, “Maybe what I saw was actually what I thought I saw, and that was maybe a sort of a deeper melancholy.”
Cobain died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in April 1994.
Listen to the full 9-minute interview below.
Ivie is a Nigerian-American, native New Yorker, and journalist covering culture. Usually on-air, on deadline, and on point. @ivieani