Courtney Love Says Jay-Z Uses “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Lyrics On ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’

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Courtney Love is full of surprises, and it turns out that extends to an unlikely friendship with Jay-Z as well. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Love spilled the beans on some of the first details of Jay’s new album Magna Carta Holy Grail, which is due out on the Fourth of July via a landmark marketing deal with Samsung.

Love is the owner of the Nirvana back catalog, having taken over after the suicide of her husband and the band’s lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain in April of 1994, and she mentioned that Jay used some of the lyrics from Nirvana’s breakout single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on one of the tracks from his album.

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

  • Mike Day

    He uses everyone else’s lyrics. Atleast he got permission this time.

    • CapCee

      And countless artists use his original lyrics. Get your shit straight, bruh

      • Captain_Heemerica

        That doesn’t really change anything, artists steal from each other. Just because Jay Z is one of the greatest doesn’t mean he hasn’t done it

        • CapCee

          No one said he never did it. I certainly didn’t say that. If anything, you’re reinforcing the point I was making.

      • Mike Day

        This article isn’t referencing ‘countless other artists’ bruh. I find it interesting he has to get permission for whatever lyrics he used, considering how much he’s jacked in the past

        • CapCee

          But why single him out? Name a talented, reputable rapper that you can guarantee has never quoted another artist’s words in their lyrics.

    • tom baker

      Why the hell did you get 2 dislikes? I guess people hate the truth.

  • PROmi$

    Fuck Courtney Love. RIP Curt Cobain

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  • raylord

    you know what this will turn out to be? jay z quoting a single line or phrase from the song – which he does not need permission to do – and courtney love telling the whole world about it like its a big deal because, fuck it, what else is going on with her?