In Pharrell's upcoming book The Places and Spaces I’ve Been, the two very talented and successful individuals take it to a place and space where most hip-hop heads wouldn't presumably delve into.
They discuss the impact of Nirvana, and how grunge music literally put hip-hop music on the back burner - for a second.
During Jay's talk with Pharrell, he says:
"It was weird because hip-hop was becoming this force, then grunge music stopped it for one second, ya know? Those 'hair bands' were too easy for us to take out; when Kurt Cobain came with that statement it was like, "We got to wait awhile." I have always been a person who was curious about the music and when those forces come on the scene, they are inescapable. Can't take your eyes off them, can't stop listening to them. [Cobain] was one of those figures. I knew we had to wait for a second before we became that dominant force in music."
The Places and Spaces I've Been comes out October 16th.