Ever since the initial announcement that he would be headlining this year’s Glastonbury Festival in the UK, Jay-Z has been hearing it from all sides that he doesn’t belong performing at such an event– let alone headline it.
But he took his jabs and said all the right things in every interview leading up to the festival. He even caught heat from Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher who stated that hip hop has no place at Glastonbury. Here’s what Jay said in response to the flack he’d been recieving:
“It’s ridiculous, if we don’t embrace what is new, how do we progress? “I’ve never actually experienced anything like that before. It’s 2008, what is that about? That’s such old school thinking, that’s not even how the world thinks anymore. So I was really taken aback (by the criticism).”
It was so deep that Coldplay singer Chris Martin and his wife Gwyneth Paltrow came to Jay’s defense in the media.
Understand that Jay is a mastermind. He already understood months ago how important this performance would be for his career and on a grander scale, for hip hop. And by judging from the performance he didn’t take the opportunity lightly in the least bit. He put together a great gameplan, didn’t open his mouth much to the media, then he executed.
Big Homie even opened up with a little irony by performing Oasis’ “Wonderwall.” Now he’s backed his critics into a corner because he’s done nothing but honor and respect them.
As Hip-Hop passes another test.