Jay-Z reveals the Nirvana lyrics he’s used on Justin Timberlake collaboration ‘Holy Grail’

The track lifts words directly from grunge classic 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'

The lyrics to Jay-Z‘s new song ‘Holy Grail’, which uses lines from Nirvana‘s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, have been revealed prior to the release of the rapper’s new album.

The lyrics to the song, a collaboration with Justin Timberlake, were posted to the hip-hop mogul’s Samsung app yesterday (June 24). Spin reports that the track references the chorus of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ with the line, “And we all just, entertainers, and we’re stupid, and contagious” repeated twice. Elsewhere in the track, Jay-Z raps about mistakes he has made in his life, saying: “I know nobody to blame, Kurt Cobain, I did it to myself.”

Courtney Love previously revealed that she gave Jay-Z permission to the Nirvana lyrics on his forthcoming new album, ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’. Love said she thought her daughter might take issue with it: “I’m letting Jay-Z use lyrics – Frances [Bean Cobain] would freak [if she knew about it]. Jay-Z’s huge and we’re friends. I mean we’re not besties or anything….”.

‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ was thought to be going platinum ahead of its proper release because of a deal made with Samsung. However a spokesperson for the Official UK Charts company told NME that music which is given away for free will not qualify as sales. “Legitimate purchases of Jay-Z’s album will count, however, as usual,” they added. One million copies of the album will be given away for free to Samsung Galaxy smartphone users 72 hours ahead of the record’s official release on July 4.