NBA Legend DENNIS RODMAN On Being Rock Fan: ‘Even Though I’m Black, I Wasn’t Listening To Rap Music’

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NBA legend Dennis Rodman discussed his love of PEARL JAM and rock music in general, telling Genius during a recent conversation:

“In 1991, I was playing with Detroit, and at the practice, I went going to my car and this roadie came up to me and said, ‘Dennis, you need to check out this band.’

“I said, ‘What band?’ He said, ‘Pearl Jam. This band is going to blow up.’ I wasn’t into all that; I was into rock and roll, but I wasn’t into alternative sh*t.

“So I went to this concert, took some friends there, and once I heard the first song I was like, ‘Damn, this is my sh*t right here. Wow!’

“Even though I’m black, I wasn’t listening to rap music. I was almost like a rock and roll guy.”

The reason why Dennis sat down with the Genius team was to take a PEARL JAM trivia test. As you can see below, he ended up scoring an 8/10.

Rodman said about “Jeremy”:

“That video was very controversial in the beginning because it was about a kid.

“People didn’t really get the whole concept behind the video, because it didn’t really fit until he started to sing the song *sings part of ‘Jeremy’*. So he was saying it all like that, and the video kind of clashed in with the music.”