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Jay-Z: Indie Rock Should Push Rap

If you’ve logged online this week, you’ve probably seen a reference to Jay-Z attending a Grizzly Bear gig with Beyoncé and enjoying the indier than thou tunage. (If you haven’t, guess what, Jay-Z, yeah, you’ve got it, you’re not stupid, Youtube “Jay Z and Beyonce get down to Grizzly Bear”). Well, Jay-Z has talked to MTV about this, revealing that, while he’s the biggest name in the rap game, he’s got his eyes firmly on the wider music industry. He begins by saying why he was watching the Bear: "I don't understand why people are always surprised to see me at shows! I've always said that I believe in good music and bad music, so I'm always at those type of events. I like music. The second Blueprint, the reason it was so all over the place was because I love music so much, so there's records on there with Lenny Kravitz and Sean Paul and Dr. Dre. I've done records with Chris Martin. I'm all over the place because of my taste in music."

But the really interesting part is when he says he hopes indie rock will start to force rap to get better: “The thing I want to say to everyone-- I hope this happens because it will push rap, it will push hip-hop to go even further-- what the indie rock movement is doing right now is very inspiring. It felt like us in the beginning... So I hope that they have a run where they push hip-hop back a little bit, so it will force hip-hop to fight to make better music. Because it can happen. Because that's what rap did to rock… When rock was the dominant force in music, rap came and said, 'Y'all got to sit down for a second, this is our time.' And we've had a stranglehold on music since then. So I hope indie rock pushes rap back a bit because it will force people to make great music for the sake of making great music." You don’t have to agree with him to buy into the notion of competition improving things, even if that does scare off our idealistic Marxist readers.

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