Coolio Reflects on 1994, Wishes He Collaborated With Nirvana
Two decades later, Spin is reflecting on all of the sweet goodness that came from 1994. The year gave music fans so many great albums, including Weezer‘s ‘Blue Album,’ Pearl Jam‘s ‘Vitalogy’ and R.E.M.‘s ‘Monster.’
Unfortunately, it also brought the death of Kurt Cobain on April 5. And for this particular remembrance, who better to chat with than the one and only Coolio?
Listening to Nirvana‘s ‘Heart Shaped Box,’ Coolio tells Spin, “Man, he was soulful. He was unique. He was insightful. And his music was very detailed. When he wrote, if he was trying to make you see something, it was very easy to see it.”
When he first heard the news of Cobain’s death, Coolio says he “was mad, like, ‘Why you gotta do that before I do a song with you?'” Taking the conversation to a deeper, more controversial level, the rapper calls out Cobain’s “people.”
They didn’t see that s–t coming? C’mon! Put the motherf—er on Thorazine; dose him up so he can stay alive. You know, people who do drugs get so pressured by people who don’t that they get depressed. Society and their families make them feel like shit about their habits. A lot of times they’re not hurting nobody. They don’t go out and cause trouble. They don’t miss work. F—, man. Let that s–t roll. I’ve had my ups and downs with that. I’m not on drugs right now, but I’m not gonna sit here and say I won’t ever do drugs. I’ll never do cocaine again … but I haven’t tried everything.
After wishing Cobain’s people encouraged his drug habit more just to keep him alive, Coolio talks about Elton John, Boyz II Men, R. Kelly and Insane Clown Posse. Read the entire interview here.
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