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Courtney Love On Jay Z Using “Teen Spirit” Lyrics: “It’s Fine. He Paid Enough For It”


During Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail campaign, fans were intrigued to see lyrics borrowed from Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on the introduction track “Holy Grail.” Hov interpolated the popular phrase—“Here we are now, entertain us”—for his song featuring Justin Timberlake. Most say that the song turned out pretty good, while others saw it as a way to portray himself as some sort of rock star.

Now that the dust as settled with Magna Carta, Courtney Love shared her feelings on the current status of hip-hop with The Grid. As the leading figure of her band, Hole, she talked about her former days when alternative rock dominated the airwaves. “Rap has gotten so, so, so much bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger, and at some point, I thought, ‘Well, there has to be a correction here—there’ll be a wave of this, and then it’ll calm down.’ But it’s just like, ‘For god’s sake, you guys have had your day in the sun now for 20 years—move over!’”

It’s not to say she dislikes hip-hop. She points out that some of her best friends are rappers, including Russell Simmons, Jay Z, Eve and Kanye West. So, it’s not surprising that Hov wanted to reach out for clearance of using “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Her thoughts on the famous lines used in Hov’s majestic album? “It’s fine,” she says. “He paid enough for it.”

Read the rest of the interview here.

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