Jay-Z To Repurpose Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

Courtney Love says she allowed Jay-Z to use lyrics from Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," possibly for his new album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail."

Jay-Z will be using lyrics from Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," according to Courtney Love. In a recent interview, Love shared that she has allowed Jay-Z to use the lyrics and that they are "friends." 

"I'm letting Jay-Z use lyrics - Francis [Kurt Cobain's daughter] would freak [if she knew this.] Jay-Z's huge and we're friends," she told the Huffington Post. "I mean we're not besties or anything," she clarified. 

According to Love, Jay used the lyrics without asking first but later tied up loose ends on the business side of things.  

"They [used it] without asking, which is kind of nervy but the business side has been taken care of so it's fine."

Courtney Love has covered Jay-Z's "99 Problems" in the past. The song was played live by Love and a fan's video of the performance can be viewed below, with Love using Jay's rhymes while playing the guitar on stage. 

Jay-Z has rhymed about Kurt Cobain in the past. On "Most Kings," Jay said, “It’s best for those to not overdose on being famous. Most kings get driven so insane that they try to hit the same vein that Kurt Cobain did.” In his book, Decoded, Jay explained how he felt Cobain influenced the rhyme. 

Kurt Cobain OD’d on heroin before committing suicide, but he also OD’d on fame. Cobain was like Basquiat: They both wanted to be famous, and were brilliant enough to make it happen. But then what? Drug addicts kill themselves trying to get that feeling they got from their first high, looking for an experience they’ll never get again. In his suicide note, Cobain asked himself, “Why don’t you just enjoy it?” and then answered, “I don’t know!” It’s amazing how much of a mindfuck success can be.

Jay also spoke about why he's always been a fan of Kurt Cobain in a separate interview for Spin

"First we got to go back to before Grunge and why Grunge happened. 'Hair bands' dominated the airwaves and Rock became more about looks than about actual substance and what it stood for—the rebellious spirit of youth....That's why 'Teen Spirit' rang so loud because it was right on point with how everyone felt, you know what I'm saying? It was weird because Hip Hop was becoming this force, then Grunge music stopped it for one second, ya know? Those 'hair bands' were too easy for us to take out; when Kurt Cobain came with that statement it was like, 'We got to wait awhile.'"

"I have always been a person who was curious about the music and when those forces come on the scene, they are inescapable. Can't take your eyes off them, can't stop listening to them. [Cobain] was one of those figures. I knew we had to wait for a second before we became that dominant force in music."

Love has owned Nirvana's catalog since the 1994 passing of Kurt Cobain. "Smells Like Teen Spirit," featured on Nirvana's 1991 album Nevermind, eventually went platinum. It became one of the most recognized Grunge songs of the era, 

The song at hand could possibly land on Jay-Z's highly anticipated album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, set to drop in July. The album has made headlines for what Jay-Z has called #newrules. The album will be available to one million Samsung users for free before it is released to the rest of the buying public

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  • Jeffrey Hunter

    rock song performed by a rapper.... well that's a nonsense! anybody can keep Jay-Z from doing this?

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  • For u lil haters

    [people clapping] Yo whassup everybody this is Mariah Davis, Mad Wednesday's we here tonight to have a good time ("Yo! Start the show! Start the show!") Wait a minute; I see my man over there Jay-Z Jay-Z, Dam Deass let me hear that lil' tape of yours, and it's fat Why don't you come up here and kick a lil' freestyle Put that champagne down, and kick a lil' freestyle for me tonight [Jay-Z] Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah Can I kick it? (Yes you can!) [repeat 3X] Y'all motherfuckers musta hear that Tribe Called Quest, let's do it again Can I kick it? (Yes you can!) [repeat 3X] Well I'm gone... check this out Too much West coast dick-lickin, and too many niggaz on a mission Doin your best Jay-Z rendition Too many rough motherfuckers, I got my suspicions that you're just a fish in a pool of sharks nigga, listen Too many bitches wanna be ladies, so if you a hoe I'ma call you a hoe, too many bitches are shady Too many ladies give these niggaz too many chances Too many brothers wannabe lovers don't know what romance is Too many bitches stuck up from too many sexual advances No question; Jay-Z got too many answers I been around this block, too many times Rocked, too many rhymes, cocked, too many nines, too To all my brothers it ain't too late to come together Cause too much black and too much love, equal forever I don't follow any guidelines cause too many niggaz ride mine so I change styles every two rhymes, hah, what the fuck That's 22 too's for y'all motherfuckers out there, yaknahmean? Shall I continue? Check it out, what? Can I kick it? (Yes you can!) [repeat 3X] Well I'm gone... yo, yo, yo Copped to reach my quota, push rock, roll up smooth like on ya Whole groove like hold-up, swoll up Too many faggot niggaz, clockin my spendin Exercisin you're, gay like minds like Richard Simmons If you could catch Jay right, on the late night without the eight right, maybe you could test my weight, right I dip, speak quicker than you ever seen adminster pain, next the minister's screamin your name At your wake as I peak in, look in your casket feelin sarcastic, "Look at him, still sleepin" You never ready, forever petty minds stay petty Mines thinkin longevity until I'm seventy Livin heavenly, fuck, felony after felony, what? Nigga ya broke, what the fuck you gon' tell me? ("Oooooooooooh!") Jay-Z, Jay-Z, now you know this is a fat track (aight) Now this is comin on your new album, on Roc-A-Fella records in ninety-six (no doubt no doubt) well, it is definitely the bomb But you know I do wanna say somethin to you, I know you've been havin a lot of problems with the law But I know you innocent, and I'm behind you 100% Mad Wednesday's, Ruby King, DJ Ace, Dang Dash Roc-A-Fella Records, we all behind you, you can come back anytime (Hah, thanks a lot) Wait a minute wait a minute wait a minute wait a minute Ace, turn that music down I smell some reefer, now you see? That's why, our people don't have anything Because we don't know how to go in places and act properly ("Hey shut the fuck up!") Wait a minute wait a minute who told me shut the eff up? Who told me to shut the eff up? Get him out of here I'm not gonna continue this show, until you throw him out Get him out right now, then I'ma continue my speech Thank you, he's out of here now, now like I was sayin We gotta build our own business, we gotta get our own record companies goin like Roc-A-Fella Records...

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  • Anonymous

    "Bun B said it" So because he said it, it's etched in stone? Jay attracts haters who were never able to succeed on his level. They smile to his face and talk behind his back. Regional rapper. Jay is worldwide.

  • jasonnn

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  • Droppin Knowledge

    1. No matter what any of you critics on here say, When Jay Z dies he's going to be looked at as more of an icon than tupac & biggie, even tho their rap skill was clearly better, they came nowhere near the accomplishments that this man made in rap & business, and this is based solely on the fact of how THIS generation views him as a god 2. Jay Z has fallin' off, the evidence is in his album track record, he simply got lazy with his concepts because he knows he doesnt need to anymore, he knows both his haters & fans will listen to it regardless, and that puts $$ in his pocket

  • Franklin

    Nas killed this nigga's career back in 2001. Now Jay is just mainstream, radio hip-hop garbage. Don't ya'll know that?

    • digga

      totally fucking inaccurate. nas' legacy is stronger than ever. he got a song named after him. cnn called him the greatest lyricist ever. the only thing u are deciding it on is some money issue. nas is rich as hell. jay made money off many businesses. so that makes jay-z better than him? that's ridiculous. i hate this money shit. what does that have to do with talent? so what, jay -z made 5 million off samsung. is it really benefit y'all as people? you cats on here neeed to fucking grow up for real. trust me, y'all do. and courtney love is weak for doing this shit.she had no say in nirvana's fame. she shouldn't have no say on any of their recordings. this is bullshit. another case of women getting over on the system

    • Anonymous

      Nas didn't do a thing to Jay's career. Alot of people thought Jay won their battle. Alot think Nas did. The easiest way to judge is where are they today. Jay actually got better while Nas slowly sank his legacy.

    • Synonymous

      ^the irony: what have u contributed to rap dumbass? u come here to show us how u on Hov dick. so ppl gotta make music to criticize? lame puppet Admit u a Jay Z groupie FOH!

    • Anonymous

      dude also put out one of the GREATEST hip hop albums OF ALL TIME with reasonable doubt....what contribution have you made to hip hop lately besides being a critic on the comment section?

  • Cashaholic

    What a sellout Courtney Love is. You let some 50 year old rapper sample your husband for a paycheck? #Sad

  • Anonymous

    Probably the... "With the lights on, it's less dangerous" line... Or, "A mulatto, a mosquito" line. He might be made @ Obama for not vouching when he went to Cuba.

  • dels

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  • Anonymous

    WILL NOT BUY HIS TRASH OF AN ALBUM! I THINK PEOPLE SHOULD STOP BUYING HIS SHIT TO BRING HIM BACK TO REALITY! FUCK JAY-Z(Pacs voice)

  • Anonymous

    Its been a long time since Jay has really dropped anything of real quality. He's just been bullshitting for the longest time with overloading on features and wack beats. I'd rather he not come back if that's what he's gonna continue to do.

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  • dregstudios

    Cobain is rolling in his damn grave. Kurt changed my life with his insightful and surreal music and lyrics. I only wished he could have stuck around to make more to listen to for future generations. I was compelled to compose a portrait of him In Memoriam recently on the anniversary of his death on my artists blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/04/in-memoriam-kurt-cobain-and-lane-staley.html Drop in and tell me your memories of his music and how its affected you.

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  • Anonymous

    This album is going to suck in terms of quality. Jay-Z is too rich and doesn't have anything to say. He hasn't had anything to say since 2006. Dude raps about eating fucking quail now.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. Jay Hasnt had anything good since black album. He did succeed on the business side, but at what cost? Jay-z has never been loyal to anybody! he doesnt work with other artist cus he respects them but simply because he wants his fan base. BunB said it. he dont give a fuck about anything but getting our fan base.. I really dont know why people are so blinded and hold him so high. in my opinion jay cant rap anymore. but people fall into the hype thats all it is HYPE

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  • XO

    "Courtney Love says she allowed Jay-Z to use lyrics from Nirvana" LMAO @ ALLOWED. Courtney Love has been selling Kurt's soul for years. FUCK THAT BITCH

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  • r.i.p. jayz 1996-2001

    Jay is nowadays a meanstream rapper and is weak.

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  • DDP

    oh and HOV I started "the ROC symbol" its called the Diamond symbol bitch :)

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  • Anonymous

    Highly anticipated? I just heard about this shit last week.

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  • sam snead

    I guess we will see what happens, hopefully its not got techno or house added to it. I remember I heard a dj mix smells like teen spirit with bootylicious lol. I'm not to excited for this album, though i think it will be better than kanyes

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  • PEN GAME OVER

    From Biggie to Kurt Cobain, this nigga just cant stop biting.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Drake and Jay-Z are the biggest dick riders in hiphop

  • Tim

    Here we go again over hyping a jay-z move. Robert Glaaper did this shit already last year in his Grammy winning album but none of y'all said shit. No offense but some of y'all would probably be the type to see Jay sneeze on a handkerchief and say he invented that shit.

  • Anonymous

    This shit is dope!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lTgQfKvvE8

  • Just a thought:READ dammit

    now this IS going to sound racist...but why is it that when a person of color whats to use something white "created" it's an issue... The WHOLE "Rock n Roll" genre was created off of blacks in the south now they have to ask to use what they created? Why didn't ELVIS ask anyone before he totally started being a black dude.

    • Anonymous

      you are comparing 2 completely different time periods. its 2013!!!! not the 50's Vampire Weekend (white punk band) took some lyrics from a Souls of Mischief song and they had to do the same thing Jay Z did. got nothing to do with race

  • Mortis

    The guitar in Come as You Are would be a far better choice in the hands of someone who knows how to produce. Giving Swizz Beats Teen Spirit is a fucking awful idea

  • Jake

    All this tells me is that Jay-z new album is gonna suck. The whole campaign of the album is about how their selling it.... not about the music. And now we find out he's even asking people to use their songs... This cd is gonna suck.

    • Anonymous

      And Lord Finesse succesfully sued Mac Miller when he put his Hip To Da Game freestyle (kool aid and frozen pizza) on iTunes. so yes that beach boys elvis stuff was bullshit.... but it dont happen anymore

    • Anonymous

      I don't think it'll suck, but it does TAKE away from Jay-Z hard street act....asking to cover business stuff? Come on you suppose to run shit...that's why I like Kanye he uses shit and don't give a fuck

  • Anonymous

    LOOL She say NIGGA ON THE COVER OF 99 PROBLEMS

  • Anonymous

    jay z fishlips kanye fishdicks

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    This is a joke.. long time Hip Hop fan, and was a long and still am a long time Nirvana fan... some things are better off left along they way they are.

  • jayzmopper

    fuck off jay z

  • Anonymous

    THIS IS A HORRIBLE IDEA. JUST BECAUSE ITS JAYZ DOESNT MAKE THE SONG GOOD...IM NOT REALLY A ROCK FAN BUT I KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF KURT COBAIN AND THAT SONG...STOP MIXING HIPHOP WITH EVERY OTHER GENRE OUT THERE. ITS REALLY ANNOYING

  • Anonymous

    What the fuck? Terrible.

  • Anonymous

    Little White Die Hard Rock N Roll Fans To Get Butthurt Over It

    • Rap Fan

      Actually, since day one Rap has always sampled and borrowed from other genres. It is nothing new and I don't see why people complain when Rap producers do it. And Nirvana was actually rock. You do realize that there are different sub genres of rock right. Heavy, alternative, punk, all genres of rock.

    • Anonymous

      ^^NOT the same shitface.

    • Anonymous

      then what was it? Grunge? alternative? LOL its all rock n roll baby

    • Anonymous

      Nirvana wasn't "Rock N Roll"... Why does Hip Hop have to jack songs & bite songs? Can't these clowns come up with something original? That should make you butt hurt. follow at noles506

  • Anonymous

    fucking ridiculous. courtney love is a witch. she allegedly tried to pay someone to kill kurt

  • Crate

    Damn, what dead artist won't he jack lyrics from?

  • Anonymous

    Slow news day??

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