On these bars from a classic Hot 97 freestyle, which later emerged on the mixtape joint Most Kingz, Jay ponders the downside of amassing excessive amounts of money, power, and respect. In a verse that also name-drops Basquiat, Biggie, 2Pac, MLK, Malcolm X, and Michael Jackson, Cobain is the one caucasian who warrants a mention: "Most kings get driven so insane / That they try to hit the same vein that Kurt Cobain did."
In his book Decoded, Jay elaborates on the theme. "Cobain was like Basquiat," Jay wrote, quoting a passage from the late rocker's suicide note ("Why don't you just enjoy it?"). "It's amazing how much of a mindfuck success can be."