AT MONDAY’S news conference announcing Jay-Z’s Budweiser music festival, a fan shouted out, “You’re the best, Hov!”
“I agree,” he said.
I don’t. Not to sound like an old fogy, but hits of his such as “99 Problems” may be catchy, but I can’t get with all the b-words and other misogynistic lyrics in Jay-Z’s music. It felt bizarre to me to see the performer of such awful songs as “Big Pimpin’” and “Girls, Girls, Girls” standing with Mayor Nutter acting like some kind of hero. As I watched, I couldn’t help wondering whether Nutter and the city officials who arranged the photo op had ever stopped and really listened to Jay-Z’s lyrics. A big festival coming to Philadelphia may well be an economic generator, but it still amazes me how people can just let all the other stuff go.