Twenty years ago on Saturday, Kurt Cobain took his life with a shotgun at his Seattle apartment. He was 27 years old.

Since his unsettling death, the Nirvana frontman has idolized by many generations of music fans and widely recognized as “the last real rock star.” This reputation most likely stems from his affilation of Nirvana, who have classics in their catalog like Nevermind and In Utero. It’s partly the reason, too, that hip-hop has been fascinated with Cobain’s tragic suicide, and have used him as a reference point in many songs.

Although Cobain is gone, his memory won’t be forgotten. Here are songs that show Cobain is an inspiration to a ton of rappers. Give props to the most respected artist that left quite a legacy.


1. Game, Lil Wayne “My Life”
2. Jay Electronica “Exhibit A”
3. Fabolous “Suicide 2”
4. Kendrick Lamar “Hiiipower”
5. Pastor Troy “Acid Rain”
6. Public Enemy “Do You Wanna Go Our Way??”
7. Outsidaz “Sign Of The Power”
8. 50 Cent “A Baltimore Love Thing”
9. Eminem “Cum On Everybody”
10. DJ Kay Slay, N.O.R.E. “I’ma Smack This Muthafucka”
11. Juelz Santana, Cam’ron “Dipset (Santana’s Town)”
12. Dr. Dre, Ice Cube “Natural Born Killaz”
13. D12 “Devil’s Night”
14. Xzibit “Enemies”
15. Tyler, The Creator Featuring Hodgy Beats “French”
16. Eminem “Untitled”
17. Jay Z, Justin Timberlake "Holy Grail"
18. Tha Dogg Pound “Reality”
19. Big K.R.I.T. "The Vent"