Rapper, Jay-Z, was spotted leaving a concert of the indie group Grizzly Bear recently. When asked what in the heck he was doing there, Jay-Z had a pretty effing awesome (and spot on) answer.
“[Grizzly Bear is] an incredible band. 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.”
My personal opinion is that the indie scene is succeeding because it’s refusing to be gimmicky. No one is singing about kissing a girl and liking it or doing “the Helen Keller” (I am appalled that I had to even type that). Musicians are making music because they love music, not because they want their picture in gossip mags. Good job J on seeing what’s really happening in this music scene.