News: Jay-Z Goes Post-Racial, "There Is No Such Thing As Black Music"
Friday, May 1, 2009 11:00AM
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.
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)
Jay was announced to headline the "Last Smash Platinum Blast" concert earlier this year.
The lineup for the first concert at Arizona Stadium since 1977 is literally one of a kind. The April 29 concert will feature Jay-Z, Kelly Clarkson, Third Eye Blind and The Veronicas. You won't see the lineup for this concert anywhere else, as it's not part of any tour. Presented by the Associated Students of the University of Arizona, it's a one-night-only show. (Arizona Daily Star)
Admission for the event ran from roughly $26 to $200.
The April 29 concert is presented by the Associated Students of The University of Arizona and any profits from the show will go into a scholarship fund. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday (March 27) for UA students and at noon for everybody else online only asua.arizona.edu. Prices range from $26 to $200. (AZ Starnet)
The former Def Jam president is known for performing at historic venues, including last October's performance at the renovated Hollywood Palladium in California.
"I'm honored to play such an iconic venue," Jay-Z said in a statement issued last August. "Just as Frank [Sinatra] ushered in a golden era, I hope this opening will mark the beginning of a resurgence in generation-defining live music." (Los Angeles Times)