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.”