In an interview with Robert LoRusso back in 1991, Kurt Cobain spoke on his perspective of the rap music. He talked about his appreciation for the music and how he likes the fact “ it’s one of the only original forms of music that’s been introduced”. He expressed his issue with misogynistic music and claimed that he doesn’t listen to rap that much because of it. It is unclear if Cobain, actually said “white people should not rap” exactly. However, he did elaborate on why he agreed with that statement.
“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.”
Yes, white people can dance. Especially the legendary, Bobby Bones! white people can also rap. Famous white rappers include Eminem, Machine Gun Kelly, the late Mac Miller, just to name a few.
Art can be a celebratory form of expression, which I believe all cultures are allowed to express and experience. All music and art forms have different origins. Yet, whether you are rapping, a folk singer, or a classical performer, respect the arts history while expressing your truths and telling your stories. So, yes white people go ahead and be rappers.