Jay-Z Hits The Nail On The Head About The Ebb And Flow Of Genres

There’s a great quote that was brought to the rock world via the genius movie 24 Hour Party People:

“It’s my belief that history is a wheel. “Inconsistency is my very
essence” -says the wheel- “Rise up on my spokes if you like, but don’t
complain when you are cast back down into the depths. Good times pass
away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it is also
our hope. The worst of times, like the best, are always passing away”

With that said Jay-Z seems to get this and as per many of his assaults on the current state of hip-hop he recently answered MTV’s question about why he attended a Grizzly Bear concert in Williamsburg Brooklyn this weekend. What he said was a great insight about how genres play off each other and the ebb and flow of how music moves back and forth through eras where each genre pushes forward and makes challenging music and then descends into medicrity to be replaced by another genre.

“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.”

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.