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Lil Nas X's 'Panini' Interpolates Nirvana's 'In Bloom'

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Lil Nas X performs onstage as a special guest of Diplo during Day 3 of the Stagecoach Music Festival on April 28, 2019 in Indio, Calif.

It turns out Nine Inch Nails isn't the only '90s band to be sampled on Lil Nas X's debut EP, 7. An interpolation of Nirvana's "In Bloom" can be heard on his new track "Panini," and Kurt Cobain is credited on it, as Pitchfork notes. According to the rapper, though, it wasn't intentional.

"People was like, 'Wow, he sampled Nirvana.' I was like, 'No.' It's like, I didn't realize I was using almost the exact same melody," Nas X told Beats 1's Zane Lowe in an interview on June 20.

The rapper credits this coincidence for introducing him to the band's music. "The craziest things about 'Panini' is it introduced me to Nirvana's album Nevermind," he said. "It's like, I always seen the cover, but I never actually listened to it."

The duo behind Sheck Wes' infectious hit "Mo Bamba," Take a Daytrip, produced Lil Nas X's "Panini." 7 drops June 21. 

Listen to the Beats 1 interview below.


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