News: Jay-Z On Hip-Hop Going Global, "More Of The World Is Accepting Of Our Music & What We Do"
Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010 3:55PM
Grammy-winning rapper Jay-Z recently spoke on hip-hop going global and how he finds inspiration in seeing the world accepting rap music.
Hov is still in awe of how far hip-hop has gone from commercials to world championship games.
"The world is inspiring me," he said in an interview. "I get out and see the world and more of the world is accepting of our music and what we do. I'm just inspired by the whole thing and how big hip-hop can be and how much of a phenomenon it is. You couldn't imagine hip-hop being at the World Series. I touched the championship trophy before A-Rod and the Vince Lombardi trophy before the Saints. You couldn't imagine that happening 10 years ago. How about five years ago? I'm saying that to say that the journey hip-hop has taken and we are right now, there's no imitation to it ... still. Still!" (MTV)
Last year, Jay released a statement speaking on performing at a concert alongside rock acts like Kelly Clarkson and Third Eye Blind.
"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)
He was recently chosen to headline the summer's indie music Bonnaroo Festival.
Headliners will include Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews Band and Kings of Leon, in what is currently the Grammy-winning band's only scheduled U.S. show of the year. Bands already announced this afternoon include Ingrid Michaelson, The xx, Regina Spektor, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Wale, Mayer Hawthorne & The County, Phoenix, Weezer, OK GO, Baroness, John Fogerty, Medeski Martin. (Billboard)
Jay is also scheduled to perform at the upcoming Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival this spring.
The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will bring a youth movement to the low desert this year. After several years of greybeard headliners, California's signature festival is going back to the future with younger acts including Gorillaz, Muse, Jay-Z, Thom Yorke, MGMT, Hot Chip, Spoon, Vampire Weekend and LCD Soundsystem at the very top of the bill for the three-day concert that begins April 16 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio. (Los Angeles Times)
Check out a past Jay-Z concert below: