Rapper says hes looking forward to performing at the festival next month
Jay-Z has hit back at critics who questioned his headlining slot at Glastonbury saying his set will show how music has developed.
We dont play guitars, but hip-hop has put in its work like any other form of music, he says. This headline show is just a natural progression. Rap music is still evolving.
From Afrika Bambaataa DJing in the Bronx and Run DMC going platinum, to Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince winning the first rap Grammy, Im just next in the line. We have to respect each others genre of music and move forward.
Jay-Z, 38, who is also headlining the O2 Wireless festival, says the controversy only serves to boost his confidence.
Ive never ever had a show thats caused this much of a stir so Im really looking forward to it, he tells The Sun. I guess its heritage and people hold that dear to their heart.
The artists of yesterday paved the way for the artists of tomorrow and thats just how music is. For us rappers to arrive at this point has taken years.
Glastonbury takes place from 27-29 June.