The song references Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' lyrics.
Jay-Z is surely not the first rapper to name drop Kurt Cobain in his music, but he may be the first to use the iconic rocker's lyrics. Courtney Love told Huffington Post that she gave Jay-Z permission to use Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" lyrics for his upcoming album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail."
The Samsung Galaxy app that will deliver the album to Samsung users for free before it goes on sale to the general public, was made available today. The album itself will be downloadable on the app July 4. But for now, the app offers some preview material, including a lyric sheet for a track called "Holy Grail" that features Justin Timberlake.
As shown below, the song rides on Nirvana's angst-filled chorus with the lines, "And we all just / Entertainers / And we're stupid / And contagious." It also contains the lines, "Nobody to blame / Kurt Cobain / I did it to myself."
Check out the lyric sheet and a "Magna Carta Holy Grail" trailer, below.