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Who Influenced Halsey? She Was 'Raised On Biggie And Nirvana'

Thank her cool parents.

GULF SHORES, Alabama -- If you have a hard time pinning down the vibe of Halsey's songs, that's probably because the New Jersey native has such an eclectic taste in music.

Following her energetic set at the 2015 Hangout Festival on Friday, May 15, Halsey told MTV News that her musical influence runs the gamut, thanks to her very hip parents. And we'll hear that on her upcoming debut album Badlands.

"I have a song on my new record called 'New Americana' and the chorus has a line in it that says, 'Raised on Biggie and Nirvana,'" she revealed.

"It's because I come from a mixed race family -- my dad's black and my mom's white -- so growing up my dad was listening to a ton of old school rap and my mom was listening to a ton of '90s grunge. So I was fortunate that my parents were rockin' MTV when I was an infant."

It makes sense then, that her favorite bands span such a wide range.

"I would say '90s singer-songwriters, grungey like Nirvana, Alanis Morissette, the Cure, Gin Blossoms and also Tupac, Biggie, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Slick Rick -- just old school bouncy hip-hop," Halsey said, of her childhood influences.

"It's cool because it gives me such an electic mix and then I get to make something that I hope is unexpected."

We can't wait to hear what Badlands sounds like.

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