Fire Starter: Black Cobain
Virginia rapper Black Cobain isn’t a culture vulture, he just happens to like both rock and roll and hip-hop. Oh yeah, he’s also one of rap’s rising talents thanks to his recently released single “4 AM,” which features Wale.
“Very controversial with some of the people that worship Kurt Cobain,” Cobain told Mixtape Daily about his MC moniker.
The first half of his name was already in place. “Actually, Black is my childhood name. And I had an uncle that I stayed with who introduced me to the genre of music, rock and roll. So I was listening to Aerosmith, Nirvana, Green Day,” he explained. “I just thought it would be a dope idea to put the names together and have it as the name for me due to the fact that I’m a fan of hip-hop and rock and roll.”
The Alexandria native was introduced to the world of MC’ing through local open mics in the DMV, and he’s now linked up with D.C.’s rap ambassador Wale and reps the local crew Board Administration. With his upcoming mixtape Young, Gifted and Black (dropping online in June), Cobain hopes to rep the DMV in a major way, and considering the critical response to “4 AM,” he’s off to a great start.
“We were in the studio in Philly and it was really coming up on 4 a.m. and we had DJs in there and it was gettin’ late and we just wanted to do like a real hip-hop record — that’s why we had the scratches in it,” Cobain said about the making of the single. “So I just think it was just one of those records where you touch on a few subjects in the rap. It’s nothing targeted, no main focus. We just wanted to keep it real hip-hop and it was done at 4 a.m. So we just came up with the name, put it out there and the response was incredible.”
Ultimately, though, the rap rookie admits that he is still trying to find his sound, which as of now is rooted in rap. “I’m kinda like on the cusp of hip-hop and trying to find a way to make it mainstream.”
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