Jay-Z speaks out about Glastonbury
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23 June 2008
With under a week to go to this year's Glastonbury Festival, Jay-Z has again defended his slot as the festival's Saturday
Speaking on Tim Westwood's Radio 1 show the New York rapper has accused critics of 'old school thinking'.
Talking about the criticisms the hip-hop star said: "It's ridiculous, if we don't embrace what is
new, then how do we progress? I've never actually experienced anything like that before. It's 2008, what is that about?”
Jay-Z added: "That's such old school thinking,
that's not even how the world thinks anymore. So I was really taken aback."
Dizzee Rascal and Noel Gallagher have both condemned the rapper's
inclusion on the bill, with the Oasis
frontman calling hip-hop at Glastonbury "wrong."
But defending the genre Jay-Z said: "I listen to all types of music and that's what should happen, that's
what the world should be about, mixing culture. There's only good music and bad music."
that hip-hop is music and an art form, it's poetry and it should be accepted and respected like any other art form. It's
just coming from a different perspective."
To get into the spirit of the festival, Jay-Z will be given a tour of the site over the weekend, taking
in Trash City – a field of artwork made from disused metal and material – and the new late night arena Shangri
Organisers Michael Eavis has confirmed, however, the rapper won’t be seen up at the
stone circle. He said: "The hippy thing, his manager said, isn't quite up [Jay-Z's] street."
Graffiti artist Banksy has also got involved in the booking saga by leaving a piece of artwork called
'Jay Zeavis' on a wall in Glastonbury town. Last year the mysterious urban artist created a piece for the festival
called 'Boghenge' – a homage to Stonehenge made from Portaloos.
Glastonbury Festival 2008 will take place at Worthy Farm,
Pilton, Somerset from 27-29 June. Kings Of Leon,
Jay-Z and The
Verve are all set to headline the festival.