When Jay z performs at the Glastonbury festival in England this weekend, he will have a lot more on his mind than The Today Show mistaking him for Joe Budden. Jay’s appearance in the Glastonbury festival lineup has drawn heavy criticism from locals and artists alike.
According to festival organizers, this year’s festival has not sold out for the first time in its history. Noel Gallagher — guitarist and chief songwriter for Oasis – thinks the reason is clear: Jay Z.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Gallagher complained back in April. “If you start to break it, then people aren’t going to go. I’m sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance.”
Jay Z responded in an interview with U.K. radio host Tim Westwood on Wednesday, saying, “At the end of the day, these barriers that they have are only put up to separate us. There is only good music and bad music.”
“The world should be all about mixing culture,” Jay-Z said. “Hip-hop is music in its art form. It should be accepted and respected. It’s all the same thing, it’s just coming from a different perspective.”
But critics insist rap fans would not approve of rock bands appearing at Hip Hop festivals.