It’s going around.
Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z has reportedly shared his post-concert thoughts on fused music genres after a performance at the University of Arizona earlier this week alongside Kelly Clarkson and Third Eye Blind.
More after the jump.
Speaking on his overall experience, Jigga also broke down racial barriers found within hip-hop.
“On the show as well were Third Eye Blind and Kelly Clarkson,” Jay explained. “I thought that to be the oddest pairing ever but, soon realized, it’s what I’ve always professed. There is no such thing as black music or white music only good or bad music. It’s stupid cool to like things that are not like you, and that goes for outside of music. If you’re an African American you can have a Jewish friend…I think concerts like this should happen more often…I’m putting that into the universe..next up Taylor Swift and Uncle Murda!!” (Rap Radar)
Awww! Jay wants to cross over to my world where he, Rilo Kiley, Pac, No Doubt, Nirvana, Lady Gaga, Fleetwood Mac, TLC, The Eagles, Oasis, Billie Holiday, Keyshia Cole, T.I., Prince, Johnny Cash and Whitney Houston all live in harmony with David Bowie, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Michael Jackson on my MP3 player.
As it should be.
What’s funny is reading the comments on SOHH from hard heads who saw this quote from Jay-Z as some sort of kiss up to “the white man” or something.
Jay-Z Is A Black Cracker!!!!!
He Been Sold The Fuck Out!!
Ask Dame?? Ask Biggs??
Ask Jaz-O?? Ask Sauce Money??
The List Goes On!!
Most of Jay Lips fans are whites so its no surprise he is saying these, whites may be ur fans but they would never care for or respect hip hop like black folks would do,
I mean, shit. It’s just music and everybody likes music (I hope). Jay can be an inelegant speaker when not spitting rhymes but he’s basically saying, “Hard-asses, there is a world out there outside of your hard ass. Go explore it. Learn something. Build on it. Expand your mind … with some Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.”
I realize that some of you music snobs who are beyond all this musical segregation nonsense are like “Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, Jay? Really? Never heard of Ani DiFranco or Fiona Apple or Tori Amos or a far more interesting and talented and fucked up white chick to rock out to? Because I only listen to Liz Phair, Loretta Lynn and Hole’s first album because everything else is fake.”
But … baby steps, ya’ll. Baby steps. The first so-called non-Negro music I ever openly purchased was No Doubt’s “Tragic Kingdom” after “Don’t Speak” broke down my will to fight the music. (I already loved every single before that ballad hit like a tsunami.) No Doubt, no matter how you feel about them, got me to lighten up, stop caring what other people thought, and rediscover all the music from the 1990s I’d been afraid to get into because I didn’t want my black friends to laugh at me.
So Gwen Stefani got me to take Nirvana seriously. And Liz Phair. And many others. So kudos for Gwen.
Besides, all American music is a hodge-podge of black-and-white smash-up. That’s what makes it so good. I’d argue that Jay is asking folks not to segregate their ears. (And make friends with Jews, which was an odd sentence, but again, I think that was about not being a hard-head, not collecting Jewish people as token white friends.)
But you know how it is. Post-racial cooties will freak people out because it can sometimes sound like you’re wanting to divorce blackness from things until everything is a mush of bland nothingness. But Jay doesn’t want that. Jay wants people to buy more music because buying music keeps Jay knee deep in Bentleys. And at the end of the day, don’t you want Jay to be knee deep in Bentleys?