Last summer’s beef between the English rock band Oasis and hip hop star Jay-Z has reared its bloody head again in response to lyrics in the rapper’s recent single, “Jockin’ Jay-Z.”
In June, Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher protested the choice of Jay-Z to headline the traditionally rock-centered Glastonbury festival in the UK, believing rappers had no business performing at such an event.
Jay responded by calling Gallagher’s comments “ignorant.” He later poked fun at Gallagher by opening his Glastonbury set with a mocking performance of the group’s 1995 hit “Wonderwall.”
In his single “Jockin’ Jay-Z,” the artist raps: “That bloke from Oasis said I couldn’t play guitar / Somebody should have told him I’m a f**kin rock star.”
Those two lines have now prompted Oasis bass player Gem Archer to jump into the exchange, saying enough is enough.
“It’s like eight-year-old girls in a schoolyard, running off and writing ditties like that. Grow up!” he told UK’s The Sun newspaper. “But rappers love a ruck. It’s what they do. They set out to have a fight and it’s there in their lyrics. They love biffo.”