Spit that Kurt Vonnegut
That blow your brain Kurt Cobain, that Nirvana shit
This is craftier than it looks (and sounds, what with the way he says “Kurt Cobain” — the way he says it makes the sound of cocking and shooting a gun.)
Jay is comparing himself not only to white-collar gangsters (see previous couplet) and up-and-up politicians, but also to dead, white, cranky martyrs and visionaries (Kurt Vonnegut was an influential writer in the 20th Century — Kurt Cobain, lead singer of 1990s band Nirvana, committed suicide with a shotgun blast to the head)
“That Nirvana shit” also counts as this song’s shoutout to Eastern theology. Dude covers his bases!
Also, the “Kurt” and “Blow” refer to Kurtis Blow, the hip hop veteran and the first rapper to sign with a major record label.
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