The hook on Lil Nas X’s “Panini” was drawn from Nirvana’s “In Bloom,” and the rapper chatted with SiriusXM about the accidental sample and how Kurt Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean, approved it.
“I put out the snippet [of ‘Panini’] and everyone was like, ‘Wow, he’s sampling Nirvana.’ I was like, ‘Where? I’m not sampling Nirvana, this beat doesn’t have Nirvana in it.’ Then, I listened to ‘In Bloom’ in full, and I was like, ‘Oh, okay.’”
“I actually heard from Kurt’s daughter,” he continued. “She’s the one who pretty much approved the song and she told me how much she loved the video for ‘Old Town Road’ and stuff,” before adding that the two now follow each other on Instagram.
He then noted that the serendipitous moment “actually got me into the album for the first time. I had never heard Nevermind.”
The single follows “Old Town Road,” which beat the record for the longest run atop the Billboard Hot 100 (19 weeks), surpassing “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber.
Watch a snippet of Lil Nas X’s interview with SiriusXM below.
.@LilNasX managed to interpolate a @Nirvana song on “Panini” even though he had never heard ‘Nevermind.’ –Listen to the full interview on @siriusxmvolume: https://t.co/bwadzX8RUq pic.twitter.com/WJhYxfIkx2
— SiriusXM (@SIRIUSXM) September 3, 2019