Jay Z Live at Glastonbury Review

Jay Z @ Glastonbury: HERE

So after all the media furore surrounding Jay headlining Glastonbury, it’s a wrap. Jay Z came, saw and conquered the festival. After the Oasis front man publicly slated him and Glasto for having Jay headline, S Dot Carter gave the middle finger to Noel Gallagher by starting his show with a cover of the Oasis hit ‘Wonderwall’. Jay even came out playing a guitar, albeit unconvincingly. The genius part was that he jacked their hit to such good effect it meant that whether you were a Jay Z fan or a hater, he started his set with the entire crowd singing the words along with him. He then cleverly told the capacity crowd “I got one thing to say”, moving swiftly into “I got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one”. The bitches were truly silenced.

Jay rolled through hits like “Izzo”, “Big Pimpin” and “Hard Knock Life” which were all well received. If it were solely a Jay Z concert joints like “Jigga What, Jigga Who” or his “A Billi” freestyle would have understandably got a much better reception but the crowd weren’t as familiar with his more ‘specialist’ tracks. Even when it seemed some tracks lacked the desired reaction his call and response and a cappella freestyles kept the crowd on side. Regardless, with the exception of a live band who backed him throughout and some support from Memphis Bleek, Jay’s biggest surprise was the omission of any guest artists appearing on stage with him despite the speculation. At any moment you felt he could bring on Beyonce, Bono or Chris Martin but no, he convincingly held the entire set down off his own steam crushing his haters in the process. He made some concessions, the whole show incorporated rock elements, a move which was more than likely prompted by the nature of the event and his doubters. He never usually blends AC/DC’s “Back In Black” into “99 Problems” at shows and the Linkin Park version of his finale “Encore” demonstrated some much needed versatility to his critics, as if it were needed.

If Jay was going to call any show his last, this could have been it, you were witnessing a man at the very top of his game and truly stadium status. Of course it was never going to top classic Glasto performances by the likes of Radiohead or The White Stripes but who else could bring rap music to one of the world’s biggest live music events on the headline stage but Jay Z? Cue Kanye for 2009 but hip-hop truly arrived at Glastonbury in 2008.


27 Responses to "Jay Z Live at Glastonbury Review"
  1. Reply Kweenz Repper...Mozark Da'Masta-Mind June 28, 2008 20:58 pm

    200,000 were on hand ??
    aint that sum sh*t…
    Hovie baby…
    lets see lil weezle pull off sumthin like that….

  2. Reply Antonio June 29, 2008 02:35 am

    I don’t like Jay, but this is what champions do. He has such confidence and skills that he silenced “the bitches”. Big up to mr. Hov.

  3. Reply End Level Boss June 29, 2008 05:51 am

    He rocked it. I’m not even a big Jay Z fan.

  4. Reply mustard June 29, 2008 06:24 am

    Does anyone else feel faintly depressed by this, but can’t explain why?
    No? Me neither.

  5. Reply Gr3um5 June 29, 2008 08:18 am

    one !

  6. Reply Danfromuk June 29, 2008 09:51 am

    I do not own any any Jay-Z songs or albums. But wow, he really rocked the stage at Glastonbury.

  7. Reply JM June 29, 2008 11:30 am

    Yup that was the show I saw (finally lowers diamond from air)

  8. Reply lace da booze June 29, 2008 12:05 pm

    given what he’s already accomplished you think it wouldve made that much difference to him if a load of radio 1 listeners pissed on overpriced warm beer didnt like his show?

  9. Reply brian beck from wisconsin June 29, 2008 13:03 pm

    Just watched this on the iplayer.

    LOL @ Bleek being his only guest. They should’ve done Coming Of Age as i imagine the 2nd verse where Jay and Bleek are talkin’ to each other (Jay’s come hither tone in his voice on “let’s drive around a while” line is particularly creepy) would’ve gone down well.

    His Neptunes tracks are either spectacularly corny (I Know and Excuse Me Miss) or just spectacular (Blue Magic and Give It 2 Me) so thank fuck he did the 2 latter tracks to make up for the 2 former .

    Shame he didn’t do Roc Boys as i imagine that would’ve sounded fantastic with the full band whereas the replayed versions of Dirt Off Your Shoulder and Heart Of The City were pretty bad. The replayed versions of Jigga What, Jigga Who and Big Pimpin’ really worked, though.

    Good performance overall, especially Hard Knock Life (his best single ever) – certainly better than 2 Mancunian brothers and their session musician buddies standing there strumming guitars and knockin’ out something which sounds like a 3rd rate version of Slade.

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  11. Reply jad June 29, 2008 13:38 pm

    hovvvvvvv! he kiled this shit

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  13. Reply Andy June 30, 2008 03:41 am

    Proved he can’t sing by not making a note during Wonderwall. Little talent – crass misogynist lyrics – the unaccompained rap wouldn’t even have got past the X Factor judges – and as for the Tim Westwood interview – what a sycophantic moron.

  14. Reply Drew Huge June 30, 2008 05:05 am

    Because, of course Andy, hitting the notes was what that performance of Wonderwall was all about, wasn’t it? Grow up.

  15. Reply Tom June 30, 2008 07:35 am

    Truely amazing and an epic moment fo all you rock finatics, i saw u all bouncin!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Big up JAY-Z, ur a god!

  16. Reply Alan Partridge June 30, 2008 10:17 am

    I’ve got to say this whole Jay-Z/Noel Gallagher thing has really got me super fired up. Most of the people who’ll read this will no doubt be hip-hop fans, and like me will have developed a particularly intense hatred towards Noel Gallagher (that is, if you didn’t already hate him), and his ignorant, speak before he thinks, narrow-minded attitude towards hip-hop. Those people who clearly aren’t hip-hop fans (“Andy”, for instance), should stick to writing their letters of complaint to Kerrang magazine, and should not be contributing to this blog.

    Let’s not beat around the bush here, Noel Gallagher is a clown. Oasis are not as important a band to music history as he seems to think they are. All they’ve done their entire career is try to imitate The Beatles, yet as far as I’m aware surviving members of the Fab Four have always been non-too-complimentary when asked about their opinions on Oasis. Noel must be really bummed to know that the people he’s trying so hard to rip off, don’t even respect him.

    Now I’m not an indie music fan at all really, but I certainly respect it as a style of music and as an artform. I just can not respect, or like, anyone who shows a complete lack of respect for the music I love and care about. Now I’m not a big Coldplay or Blur fan either and I don’t own any of their albums, but I’ll always respect their music, as they’ve always shown respect for hip-hop. I’m not saying they’re massive hip-hop fans or anything, but I’m sure Damon Albarm wouldn’t have done the Gorillaz project had he had no respect for hip-hop. The same can be said for Chris Martin; had he dismissed hip-hop the way Noel Gallagher has, then he wouldn’t have worked with Jay-Z and Kanye.

    This isn’t the first time that Noel Gallagher has voiced his ignorant comments. This is a quote that he made, I believe following Eminem and 50 Cent’s appearance at the Leeds/Reading Festival a few years back:

    “I despise hip-hop. Loathe it. Eminem is an idiot and I find 50 Cent the most distasteful character I have ever crossed in my life. It’s so negative.

    “I’m not saying they are directly responsible, but that’s how you end up with these gangs of youths stabbing people. Kids are so thick these days. They’re easily influenced.”

    These comments reek of someone whose only exposure to hip-hop is when flicking through the music channels they catch 30 seconds of a Ja Rule video and base their entire opinion of hip-hop on that one experience. Yeah because that’s all hip-hop’s about isn’t it. I certainly don’t base my entire opinion on what indie music is like, and what the people who make it are like, based on what my opinions of Oasis’s music and band members are like. God help us if all indie musicians were as big an arse as Noel Gallagher clearly is. My opinion is of Oasis and their bland, every song sound the same music alone, and not indie music as a whole. I’m intelligent enough to know that Blur, Coldplay, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, Kasabian etc, etc can not be held responsible for Oasis’s music, or the band’s viewpoints, just like MF Doom, De La Soul, Kidz In the Hall etc, etc can’t be held responsible for 50 Cent’s music or opinions.

    This is another quote I found made by Noel to an Australian magazine:

    “I fucking hate it, all the people that make that kind of music and all the people that buy it. When you see the videos of some guy throwing 100 dollar bills over a naked woman lying on a bed with a dog leash around her fucking neck… what the fuck is all that about? That to me doesn’t seem to be right somehow.

    “Back in the ’70s and ’80s, if that was done by a rock ‘n’ roll band, it’d be called sexist and there’d be shock, horror and outrage. For some reason, hip-hop artists tend to get away with that. It’s all about the bling and the money.

    “The critical thing about these fuckers is they go on about ‘increase the peace’ and getting kids to stay in school, but they’re all raving crack heads. It’s a fake form of music to me, and they’re all a bunch of idiots anyway.”

    Words can’t describe how ignorant this jumped-up fool is, not to mention hypicritical. I mean, come on, the Gallagher brothers are hardly role models to the youth are they. For one thing: I definitely don’t recommend any impressionable child trying to copy their haircuts, as it would no doubt lead to a severe case of bullying, on account of looking absolutely rediculous!

    One more thing: If I’m not mistaken hasn’t Noel Gallagher done a number of songs with The Chemical Brothers? As well as being pally-pally with Liam Howlett from The Prodigy. Surely they are both groups that have been heavily influenced (and therefore must be fans of) hip-hop music. Just interesting to think what the conversation must be like when Liam Howlett’s talking to Noel about working with Kool Keith, or The Chemical Brothers sampling of Rock Master Scott!

    Can I finish by giving a big thank you to Jay-Z for giving a big, well-deserved middle finger to Mr Gallagher. You spoke for all hip-hop fans, and I for one am extremely grateful. If someone attacks our music, we should fight our corner. “I got 99 problems, but a bitch like Noel Gallagher certainly ain’t one”

  17. Reply salvador darlo June 30, 2008 11:44 am

    I was there and it was dope. A good moment for Jay.

  18. Reply faceteemary June 30, 2008 11:56 am

    J.AY-Z IS THE KING OF RAP
    A ONE MAN SHOW THAT CLEANED UP AT Glastonbury. what else can one say , NO DANCERS, NO SINGERS, He is so talented he held that stage on his own and he rocked, even if you did not like Rap you LOVE it now.

    GO Jay GO Jay We LOVE YOU

  19. Reply Cato the Censor June 30, 2008 15:01 pm

    Jay-Z smashed it. Someone’s already said it, but he really is such a champion for this music. It was just such a typically self-assured and downright cool performance which stands in such a stark contrast to the unwashed lank-haired college boys who usually infest the stage at such events, blaring out their bloody joyless paeans to the miserable lives they haven’t lived because actually they grew up in Dulwich with their insurance underwriter fathers and ‘artistic’ mothers, were raised on a strict diet of polenta and organic New Zealand lamb and no doubt attended schools where the height of rebellion is smoking some overpriced homegrown while fingering Chas’s sister at Jonty’s country house party in the South Downs.

    As for Oasis – Alan Partridge is bang on. They haven’t mattered since they were serenading Tone and Cherie back in ’96. Their music hasn’t aged well either. It’s pub karaoke at best. So why they’re still acting like the elder statesmen really is a total mystery.

  20. Reply lace da booze July 1, 2008 18:40 pm

    I’d pay a serious amount of cash to see Jay Z do a set comprised solely of his street joints and album cuts, and leave out his big tunes/singles. Not taking anything from the show he does but most of my favourite tracks of his arent performed, so while its cool hearing ‘Just Wanna Love You’ and ‘Big Pimpin’, i need to hear ‘Do It Again’, ‘So Ghetto’ and ‘Can I Live’ aswell!

  21. Reply brian beck from wisconsin July 2, 2008 10:03 am

    I’ve seen him do A Million And One Questions live.

  22. Reply Drew Huge July 2, 2008 11:18 am

    That must have taken ages.

  23. Reply Alan Partridge July 4, 2008 12:13 pm

    Did someone say “U-turn in the face of intense criticism”?

    Noel Gallagher (July, 2008): “For the record, I like Jay-Z so that’s my opinion, everybody.”

  24. Reply EDD July 7, 2008 14:28 pm

    a good idea to try to show noel gallagher up for the one minded guy he is
    would help if the guy could hit at least a couple of the right notes
    im a fan of a lot of hip hop but in my opinion he really isnt all hes said to be

  25. Reply Alan Partridge 2 July 7, 2008 19:58 pm

    Hi! I’m Alan Partridge. I hate Noel Gallagher so much! I obviously have read any comments he has ever made ’cause I hate him so much. I spent an hour typing in my comments about that bastard ’cause I hate him so much.
    Seriously, though, I can’t believe the passion his comments stirred. Why can’t you take all take a page out of Jay Z’s book, look at his comments as absurd and funny, and just calm down?

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