A reported 100,000 fans and one Greatest MC of All Time, holding a … guitar? Jay-Z commanding a huge crowd is a sight we’ve grown accustomed to over the past decade-plus, but doing it with a guitar strapped to his shoulder is a new one. Sir Hov of Brooklyn headlined the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, and one of the highlights was Jay doing his own rendition of Oasis’ “Wonderwall.”
“Today is gonna be the day/ That they’re gonna throw it back to you/ By now, you should’ve somehow/ Realized what you gotta do.”
Of course, all of this was in response to Oasis leader Noel Gallagher’s comments criticizing Jay as headliner of the traditionally rock-based festival.
“That’s my sense of humor,” Jay told MTV Base. “I have a sense of humor like a Brit, so I thought people would appreciate that. Noel Gallagher was one of the biggest detractors, so I figured that was a cool way to start the show.”
A few weeks back, Gallagher had scoffed at the announcement of Jay’s headlining slot.
“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” the Oasis guitarist told the BBC. “I’m sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance. Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music. I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong.”
“It didn’t make me angry because I don’t know him,” Jay told MTV Base. “What people say about you is none of your business.” Jay also said he plays “Wonderwall” a lot at his 40/40 Club on Friday nights, and it always goes over well with the crowd — that’s how he knew the words so well.
However, when it came to fellow Glastonbury performer Amy Winehouse’s dis of Jay’s friend Kanye West , the Jiggaman quipped he wanted to make peace.
“She said something about Kanye late on [in her set] but I didn’t hear it,” he said. “I don’t agree with it. He’s my brother and the biggest artist on Roc-A-Fella right now. … I guess I should hook them up, because he’s a great guy, too. I don’t know what the problem is. I don’t know where that came from.”
But even with the mild bit of controversy, nothing could overshadow Jay’s night. The performance has been lauded by critics, and footage on the Internet shows that the fans were heavily into it as well.
“It went amazing,” Jay beamed. “It was a historic night for Glastonbury and for myself. It’s the first time a hip-hop act had headlined. It was one of those nervous moments right before I went on, and I haven’t had that feeling in a long time. In front of [100,000] people, it was this great thing.”
“Of course,” he continued when asked if he would come back. “It was incredible. I’m glad it went that way, ’cause the world was watching. … We get sounds from all over the world. It’s the universal language. It’s not about genres. It’s about good music and bad music. There’s sh– rap music, sh– rock and roll, bullsh– country music and there’s horrible jazz. There’s brilliant jazz — Miles Davis! Brilliant rock — Coldplay. And there’s brilliant rap — Jigga!”