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Beats Per Millennium - Jay-Z: "There is no such thing as black music"

Jay-Z: "There is no such thing as black music"

This from Jay-Z after headlining a University of Arizona show that also featured Kelly Clarkson, Third Eye Blind and Vertical Horizon (seriously):

“On the show as well were Third Eye Blind and Kelly Clarkson. 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 up Taylor Swift and Uncle Murda!!”

Thing is…if music is actually divided into good music and bad music, that’s an awful lot of bad music at that show. I mean, Kelly Clarkson can be fun, but Vertical Horizon and Third Eye Blind? Is this what the kids are listening to or did University of Arizona get stuck in the late 90s?

All that aside, I agree with Jay. For a while now I’ve been hoping to see more rappers pair up with artists of other genres for tours. It’s a chance to broaden horizons on both sides. But can we please leave Vertical Horizon at home?

Posted by Mike Denslow at May 02, 2009 08:54 AM