Jay-Z took to the Pyramid Stage at this year’s Glastonbury wearing a plaid scarf, dark jeans, puffa and shades looking every inch like a piece of hip-hop royalty. Jay won over the crowd, opening with a hammed-up cover of Oasis’ Wonderwall and as he later told MTV Base it was his attempt to poke fun at the whole controversy that has surrounded this Glastonbury: “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.”
Liz Jones‘ Glastonbury review of Jay-Z (I can hear Jones calling him Jay-Zed in my head) is just as funny but for entirely different reasons. See after the jump to continue reading and see Jay-Z’s performance at Glastonbury.
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Jay-Z emerged on the stage like an only slightly slimmer version of American Vogue’s fashion director Andre Leon Talley, dressed, despite the warm evening and the pitch dark, in a duffle coat with hood, thick scarf and giant sunglasses, and proceeded to shout at us, making us do all the work.
I hate it when stars do this, making us sing and wave our arms, when we have paid them to do the entertaining. It was truly dreadful. ‘Thank y’all for embracing my culture,’ he yelled, over and over again.
Those who stayed away from the festival (it was the first time in 15 years that tickets hadn’t sold out) because they felt rap (an ‘art’ form that is necessarily studio-based because it uses pre-recorded music and its ‘artists’ don’t actually sing) was out-of-place at a rock festival were completely justified.
If that has you spitting feathers calm yourself by watching Jay’s performance: