Courtney Love Approves Jay-Z’s Use Of Nirvana Lyrics On His New Album


Many of us were shocked, surprised, and elated when Jay-Z announced the coming of his latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Even though he kinda, definitely stole some of Kanye West’s Yeezus shine… actually. I don’t have a follow-up to that statement. Jay. You really should not have stolen some of Kanye West’s Yeezus shine! Sigh. Okay, Big Brother drama aside, I’m excited for the sights and sounds of MCHG. And I’m even excited to hear that Courtney Love was involved in the project, if only to approve some lyrics Jigga used from Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. Click inside to learn more!

Hypetrak has the deets:

So far, all we know about Jay-Z’s upcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail is that he’ll be giving away a million copies of the project for free, and that he’s teamed together with Rick Rubin, Timbaland, Pharrell and Swizz Beatz for the LP, set to hit shelves July 4. Looking to write his own rules with the release of the new project, it looks like we’ve stumbled upon some more insight from the upcoming album courtesy of Courtney Love. Speaking with the Huffington Post, Love shared that she granted permission to Jay to use lyrics from Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” his new album. Going on to share:

I’m letting Jay-Z use lyrics– [daughter] Frances would freak [if she knew this.] Jay-Z’s huge and we’re friends. I mean we’re not besties or anything…. They [used the lyrics] without asking, which is kind of nervy but the business side has been taken care of so it’s fine.

Jay-Z previously expressed his admiration towards Nirvana and even shared his thoughts about the single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in Pharrell Williams’ 2012 book Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been.

So now I’m hella curious about the song. I mean, was it just one line that he used? Or is it a hook? I’m sooo glad this is dropping in July, because I seriously cannot wait!

Courtney Love is such a friggen trip– what is this about her daughter Frances not approving? I’m assuming she’s not a fan of anyone using her father’s lyrics, maybe? Not sure about that reference, but I feel like we can expect Jay-Z to make good use of the song.

Magna Carter Holy Grail drops July 4th.


  • Emily

    @Shannon – Frances and Courtney are estranged, and I believe Frances owns most of the estate. They’ve fought before over Courtney misusing Kurt memorabilia. Must be something to do with that. Courtney saying the “business side” is taken care of though makes me think she got $$$ for this – which could also upset Frances. I really feel for that girl.

  • PixiesBassline

    I bet Bean WILL be disgusted by this- it’s SUCH an abomination! Courtney should have her rights to the Cobain musical estate taken from her. Disgusting.