I hadn’t even heard about Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher’s dis of Jay-Z until I heard about the beginning of Jay-Z’s performance, which you can watch here if you didn’t see it. (If you also didn’t hear, Noel Gallagher said that “I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong” because the festival was “built on a tradition of guitar music.” No word yet on how Gallagher feels about interracial marriage.)

I can’t stop watching the beginning of that video. Jay-Z has always had a huge personality and huge swag. But opening his set by covering “Wonderwall” was ballsy even by Hova standards. For one thing, it was clear that pretty much everyone in the crowd loves “Wonderwall,” which was pretty predictable. Also, the last thing this performance needed to be successful was more controversy.

It was also really funny. Watching Jay-Z come out in a guitar was priceless. You can see how amused he is, barely trying to hit the right notes while he sings lyrics like, “There are many things that I would like to say to you/But I don’t know how.” Like Jay has a lot of problems expressing himself.

But he still made his points very clearly. First of all, Jay more than deserves to headline any music festival anywhere. He is easily one of the best rappers of all time, and in my opinion was the best rapper alive until Lil’ Wayne recently displaced him.

Secondly, he pointed out something that should be even more obvious: who the hell is Noel Gallagher, of all people, to start beef with a rapper, let alone Jay-Z? When Jay-Z has beef with somebody worth fighting with, this is what happens. Covering “Wonderwall” is like saying “Sit down and shut up, because you really have no idea at all.”

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