You are so full of shit!!! Fuck you!
^^^ ...yeah Cali, whatever it is get it all out here. Hope the end of your school year makes you feel better.
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= Black musicians: stop covering Smells Like Teen Spirit. Why?
+ It doesn't make you seem like you know anything about "rock" & even white folks ain't that easily impressed anymore. Yeah you Weezy, Robert Glasper, Kelis (at least she did it years ago) etc.
+ Nirvana has many more worthy & better songs to cover: try Heart Shaped Box, In Bloom, Come As You Are and many others I'm sure real fans could name.
+ It's the equivalent of a white person or anybody (especially celebs) who say they like Hip Hop and the first or only artist out their mouths are (surprise) "Biggie & Tupac" Come on man...
+ While we're at it, brothers & sisters leave AC/DC's "Back In Black" alone. We get it, "Black" right? Ha so clever (not)...
^^^I feel you on this. But the songs's been covered by plenty of white artists too, so why should we be left out of the loop? I don't mind people approaching that song from a totally different angle. Like putting a completely different spin on it. But just doing a a straight up rock version of the joint adds nothing to it. Like I heard Michael Franti do a pretty weak version of it at Coachella back in 2003 and some other so-so versions. But I absolutely love J*DaVey's version almost as much the original. Blasphemy I know. But it would be cool to see somebody tackle Come As You are for a change.
Well, I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on the J*Davey version because I think they did a helluva job considering all the cards being stacked against them. What I like about it is that they didn't try to out rock or out grunge the original. They stayed in their lane and and reinterperted the song in their own style. It was pretty much a different song when they were done. It just shows the depth of Cobain's influence across genres. The song is a modern classic and whether we like it or not at some point it will be covered again. Is it necessary for it to be covered?, no, not at all, but it's inevitable so I'll give credit to those that do it justice and are original about it.. On a related note I was wondering who else noticed the subtle interpolation of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on the hook of this old Tony Toni Tone' song. I picked up on it way back when and I always thought it was cool. Apparently, Rapheal Saadiq was a fan too. You even got rappers calling themselves Cobain now. I guess Black folk love them some Nirvana.
Besides the fact that it's a killer song, the reason Spirit gets used so much is name and song recognition. More people know that song than anything else in their catalog or even that record. It's the same reason that so many bands cover Enter Sandman as opposed to Blackened or Jump in the Fire. A swing band covering Jump in the Fire will get a bunch of likes from Metallica Fans, but the same band covering Sandman might go viral and end up on good morning America. Look at that group Karmin. They leveraged covering super popular tunes into a career.
Continuing further on the tangent and on topic at the same time...
Superstar squad is still in effect. You can hate on Nicki Minaj, but you are failing to see something crucial. Whether you like it or not, Minaj is adding value to someone, that's why she's stacking paper. The guy that cuts grass and whacks weeds in the neighborhood is adding value, that's why he's stacking paper. I hear you posted up, fully entitled, critical, and salty but you still have to figure out how to add value. The clock is ticking through a Marshall amp right about now. Do for self. You don't have to look very far to see great examples of those that have and those that haven't. It's up to you which direction you want to go.
I hear you PV & CE. My thing is: (established) Black artists can stop riding that songs' worn-out nizzutz and do themselves & and Nirvana a favor by picking another good song to interpret from their popular and varied catalogue. The TonyToneToni reconstruction on "Let's Get Down" is an example of bringing something new with different lyrics and a whole other tune & sound, bravo to them & Quik co-producing as opposed to a weak carbon copy. In fact I give J*Davey credit for interpolating "Tom's Diner" into the 2nd chorus on "Quicksand". As hackneyed as the term is (no diss to you at all PV my bro), I will agree to disagree on their "Spirit" version. I actually dug their Stooges "I Wanna Be Your Dog" live cover more.
I ain't anti-cover at either. I hear you CE that it can place a lesser known group over the top by doing an interesting cover of a popular song to bring them exposure, I'm actually all for that. I often just call bullchips on these brothers & sisters picking the same song over & over again. That's like the days when crews would reuse the same sample exactly like another Hip Hop hit. You looped same break as Marley Marl with no original arrangements? Boooooo...If you can flip "Impeach The President" as different as it was used in the Shan's "The Bridge", Cee & Rudd's "Do The James" and Audio 2's "Top Billin'" then you get credit.
Anyone heard the String Quartet versions of Interpol, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Kanye (yup) and other songs? Those are dope, check 'em on YT (at the library, can't easily link).
SICK AND TIRED OF CULTURALLY WHITEWASHED PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT
Just because you live in North America doesnt mean you gotta have the white mans scrotum up your nose....smh...grow some confidence, Afrikan......
Hope all is well and has been well with you, Sekou.
Pretty ironic that this post comes after Sekou's but anyway, my favorite of the string quartet interpretations is Apocalyptica's Metallica for four cellos. I've sent blank copies to family members with a sworn aversion to metal and they liked it, having no knowledge of the original versions. Here's a good example...