New Jay-Z Album to Feature Nirvana Lyrics

June 21, 2013 By:

It’s not even the end of Kanye Week yet, and the Internet is already buzzing with details on Jay-Z’s new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Word around the music nerd campfire is that Hov’s album will feature lyrics from Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” 

The source of the news is an exclusive email interview with Kurt Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love done by music blogger Jon Chattman and published on Huffington Post.

In the confession, Love admits to lending Jay-Z the rights to the popular single's lyrics after they had already been incorporated in the track.

“Love, who owns the Nirvana catalog following her husband Kurt Cobain's death in 1994, just granted Hova permission to use lyrics off of the Seattle band's iconic, game-changing single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit.’ That move comes after she covered Jay-Z's ‘99 Problems’ at a Sundance Film Festival gig in January. ‘I'm letting Jay-Z use lyrics - Francis would freak [if she knew this.] Jay-Z's huge and we're friends. I mean we're not besties or anything....’”

Welp… that does it. We’re sold.