Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ features Nirvana, Says Courtney Love


By: / June 22, 2013

There are hints for days about Jay-Z’s upcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail. Where to begin? The producers (Timbaland, Rick Rubin, Pharrell and Swizz Beatz)? The theme (remaining yourself through success and failures)? The verb use? Now, rocker Courtney Love adds to the list.

Love, who owns the Nirvana catalog following the death of her husband Kurt Cobain in 1994, revealed that Hov has obtained the rights to sample lyrics from the grunge band’s seminal track “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on his new LP.

“I’m letting Jay-Z use lyrics,” she told the Huffington Post. “[Daughter] Francis would freak [if she knew this.] Jay-Z’s huge and we’re friends. I mean we’re not besties or anything….”

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” kicks off with the trigger-happy lyrics “Load up on guns and bring your friends/ It’s fun to lose and to pretend,” but it’s best known for its caterwaul refrain: “With the lights out, it’s less dangerous/ Here we are now, entertain us/ I feel stupid and contagious/ Here we are now, entertain us.”

Love continued: They [used it] without asking, which is kind of nervy but the business side has been taken care of so it’s fine.”

Several hints about Hov’s new album have surfaced by way of his Samsung commercials, with the latest ad featuring some otherworldly production from Timbaland. Magna Carta Holy Grail drops on July 4 via for Galaxy S 3, 4 and Note users. It’s available to iPhone users through the regular ways and means starting July 7.