Jay Z’s booking to headline Glastonbury Festival in 2008 proved a controversial booking, with Noel Gallagher in particular saying he was “not having hip-hop at Glastonbury” and calling the decision “wrong”. Jay Z responded by opening his headline set with a cover of “Wonderwall”.
Liam Gallagher, meanwhile, more recently labelled West as “utter shit” on Twitter following the rapper’s Brit Awards performance. Kanye collaborator Mensa responded at the time: “fuck @liamgallagher and his irrelevant old man opinions”.
Speaking to The Guardian, Mensa has elaborated on his actions. “I had a little thing where I said: ‘Fuck one of the Gallagher brothers’ on Twitter, and I was getting posted on blogs for ‘starting a beef’ or something. I mean, whatever, Those guys are legends, but also dickheads. Ultimate dickheads. I saw they were mad Kanye played Glastonbury. They were mad when Jay Z played too. Feels very racist to me.”
“They’re gonna say: ‘No it’s not about race, it’s about guitar music, it’s about rock’n’roll’, but I mean like, how many people do you feel are carrying the spirit of rock’n’roll in 2015? Would you not say that ‘Yeezus’, and a song like ‘Black Skinhead’, is carrying the spirit of rock’n’roll? I can’t understand how that’s not fucking rock’n’roll.”