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The recent passing of grunge legend Chris Cornell was a complete shock that struck a nerve with many people. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill hails from the state of Oregon and was raised on the sounds of grunge music. He’s even played his guitar on the space needle in a video with Monster Energy. Hill is certainly feeling the loss of Cornell, and we caught up with him to get his top five songs by Cornell in this tribute playlist below…

How did you get into grunge music, and specifically Soundgarden?

It’s just a big part of the Northwest and the area. I was born in Portland, Oregon, and that was kind of the thing. My dad was into it because he didn’t like the 80’s music and then everything started happening in the 90’s and grunge started forming. It was so much better and it got really big with him. I’ve just been listening to it since I was a kid, and when I started playing, I really got into Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Chris Cornell, and Stone Temple Pilots, as well as older Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix. That Seattle influence came together because it was so close to home, and it made so much sense to me. That’s my style, that’s where I’m from, and it’s something I can get behind. I love the music more than anything, it fits me really well and I dig it.