Video: Jay-Z Talks About Unexpected Grizzly Bear Show Attendance

Hipster Bey looks weirder to me than Hipster Hov to tell you the truth.

Attention, all you hand-wringing hipsters out there, Jay-Z doesn’t understand why you were so shocked to see him at the Grizzly Bear show on Sunday. After all, if his back catalog is proof of anything, it’s that Jigga’s taste in music isn’t strictly limited to hip-hop.

“I don’t understand why people are always surprised to see me at shows!” Jay told MTV News on Monday (August 31). “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.”

“They’re an incredible band,” he said. “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. These concerts, they’re not on the radio, no one hears about them, and there’s 12,000 people in attendance. And the music that they’re making and the connection they’re making to people is really inspiring. 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.”

So, dudes in Grizzly Bear (and various indie-rock outfits around the world), get ready: Jay-Z is expecting you to “push back hard” against hip-hop. You might tear your favorite V-neck in the process, but in the end, the fight will be worth it.

“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,” Jay said. “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.”


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30 Responses to “Video: Jay-Z Talks About Unexpected Grizzly Bear Show Attendance”

  1. D_Block_4_Life aka heat the track up Like Adobo/Sazon/SOFRITO Says:

    Empire State of Mind >>>>>

    Amazing music.

  2. White and on Nahright Says:

    Grizzly bear sucks. True hipsters dont listen to that shit.

  3. "A" Chick lost in my thoughts so my eyez be asian Says:

    Ha! This is truly Jay-Z Day on nah.

  4. Al Poelvoordino Says:

    not snippets but probably the whole album

    then i will say that’s two too differents album

    so u can’t really compare this stuff with BP3 !!!

    this week is sick, cuz OB4CL2 is coming soon on the web

    8th Sept, go cop it ! cuz rae the chef needs that support ! HIPHOP

  5. "A" Chick lost in my thoughts so my eyez be asian Says:

    D Block….what you think of A Star is Born?
    I never seen u mention J.Cole on nah..so I guessin u can give an unbiased opinion.

  6. AmpGeez a.k.a Ni@@as Is Puss Says:

    Y’all really gonna spread that bad D, like the Timbo tracks are just garbage.

    I now understand where some of the bullshit opinions come from. These Nahggers co-sign the shit out of themselves to try & will that shit into existance.

    Shits corny & y’all know it

    Niggas stay trying to paint my name one way when the Jay-Z stannery on here is at 10.

    Niggas is going ape shit over an album that doesn’t even rank in Jay’s top 5? SMH

    We’ll see what happens when real people actually weigh in on it & not the same two nerds doing their part to help hype up the album.

  7. DV Says:

    12 thousand people??? OMG THATS SUCH A SMALL SHOW! SIKE! wtf is j z talking about, real indie underground rock shows are in basements for free with 50 people there tops, or if you wanna step it up at the knitting factory on the small stage with 200 people there. 12 thousand people!? wtf thats bigger than any show ive ever been too times 10 and ive been to hundreds of shows.

    Also the fucking cool kids just played a show last night to 200 people tops, thats hip hop. Maybe that big headed douche should check that out.

    Fuck you Jay Z, thinking your with the people when your one of 12 thousand. No one knows about grizley bear…?! When they have 12 thousand people coming to there show Im pretty sure a fuck load of people know them. holy shit J is a fucking moran.

  8. ThatMan Says:

    # AmpGeez a.k.a Ni@@as Is Puss Says:
    August 31st, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Y’all really gonna spread that bad D, like the Timbo tracks are just garbage.

    I now understand where some of the bullshit opinions come from. These Nahggers co-sign the shit out of themselves to try & will that shit into existance.

    Shits corny & y’all know it

    Niggas stay trying to paint my name one way when the Jay-Z stannery on here is at 10.

    Niggas is going ape shit over an album that doesn’t even rank in Jay’s top 5? SMH

    We’ll see what happens when real people actually weigh in on it & not the same two nerds doing their part to help hype up the album.

    ^^^
    lol don’t you like the album?

  9. *MOOKO* Says:

    j.cole has the best verse on bp3 by far…watches the hate commense in 5…4…3…2…1

  10. D_Block_4_Life aka heat the track up Like Adobo/Sazon/SOFRITO Says:

    D Block….what you think of A Star is Born?
    I never seen u mention J.Cole on nah..so I guessin u can give an unbiased opinion.
    ^
    From a few preliminary listens, i have mixed feelings. I like the beat and the bars but i feel like the hook doesn’t exactly fit the way i would have liked. But songs that i initially weren’t crazy about, i am now fucked them a lot more so that assessment is definitely subject to change.

  11. Al Poelvoordino Says:

    off that is too clichée, reminder’s good (hook not much), venus vs mars is dope !

  12. Sham aka The Computer Puter! Says:

    yo, i need that bp3 link asap. enuff game playin

  13. D_Block_4_Life aka heat the track up Like Adobo/Sazon/SOFRITO Says:

    fucked
    ^
    edit – fucking

    nh

  14. AmpGeez a.k.a Ni@@as Is Puss Says:

    lol don’t you like the album?
    ===============================
    I do, but it’s not a classic and it’s not mind blowing.

    It’s basically an album of Jay-Z bragging & talking shit to his detractors. Not exactly ground breaking material.

    I like the album, sorta, but the stannery forces me to take a hard stance on the album (stop it) just to off set all the dick sucking.

  15. D_Block_4_Life aka heat the track up Like Adobo/Sazon/SOFRITO Says:

    After hearing the album from my desk with 1 ear plug, i like it, i need to bang it in the whip tonight and on the way to work tomorrow to give an all out preliminary evaluation.

  16. D_Block_4_Life aka heat the track up Like Adobo/Sazon/SOFRITO Says:

    Their are song epic songs though..

  17. farsideoff Says:

    Am I wrong or does hov give a shout out to the King Dome in Empire State of Mind?

  18. AmpGeez a.k.a Ni@@as Is Puss Says:

    Wale looks like the homeless guy on my block who collects cans for a living.

    Why is there a ghey dude singing Lady Gaga’s part on 106th?

    Very sus.

  19. NovemberEnd aka What Do You Mean Teenager What Age Are We Talking About Says:

    Thank You >>>>

    Empire State of Mind >>>>

    So Ambitious >>>>

    A Star Is Born >>>>

  20. BKScribe Says:

    seems like spic n spanish run the comment section

  21. miltee Says:

    a star is born is the best track on the hov …

    damn w/jay saying nobody can f* with brooklyn, pretty much dissing all qb!!

  22. D_Block_4_Life aka heat the track up Like Adobo/Sazon/SOFRITO Says:

    Empire State of Mind?
    ^
    I love this shit, it evokes a certain sentiment that words have a heard time articulating. Almost a sense of pride but an emotional sense of pride…i digress…

  23. D_Block_4_Life aka heat the track up Like Adobo/Sazon/SOFRITO Says:

    So Ambitious >>>>
    ^
    This shit caught me by surprise, like a left handed uppercut the my chin.

  24. Eastern_Digital Says:

    Empire State Of Mind is a great fuckin song. true talk.

  25. AmpGeez a.k.a Ni@@as Is Puss Says:

    Jay sounds bitter and insecure on this album.

    Definitely not the norm and it effects the tone of the album.

    Reminds me of the Blueprint 2 song.

    He’s better then that.

  26. kk Says:

    I KNOW JAY Z HAS PEOPLE WHO READ BLOGS . PLS GET RID OF THE TIMBO TRACKS .. JUS GET RID OF EM . DOESNT MATTER IF THERE ARE JUST 13/12 TRACKS ON ALBUM

  27. tiger Says:

    Remind me never to hang out with White and on nahright

  28. young fella Says:

    jay z interviews >>>> rappers albums! he can package his interviews and it’ll be on top of billboard charts!

  29. Reem Says:

    Album is tufffffffffffffff.

    MYCLUBHOP.com..check that.

  30. big Swa Says:

    The Album is really solid. Some real Mature sounding shit. J Cole > Drake as an MC but not Commercial.

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