The rapper’s Nirvana fandom has reached new heights. We’re not sure as to what capacity Jay-Z will be using the lyrics, but we’re hoping it won’t be an honest-to-God cover. Via Consequence of Sound:
Love said she gave Jay-Z permission to use lyrics from Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, adding that “they [used it] without asking, which is kind of nervy but the business side has been taken care of so it’s fine.” She went on to describe her and Jay-Z as “friends.”
Surprised? You shouldn’t be.
Jay-Z has long touted himself as a fan of Nirvana and wrote about “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in Pharrell Williams’ 2012 book Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been. He said of the song’s impact on hip-hop: ”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.’”