Vic Mensa says Noel and Liam Gallagher’s criticism of Kanye West and Jay Z ‘feels very racist’

Rapper labels former Oasis brothers as 'legends' but also the 'ultimate dickheads'

Rapper Vic Mensa has hit back at past criticism of Kanye West and Jay-Z by former Oasis pair Noel Gallagher and Liam Gallagher.

Jay Z’s booking to headline Glastonbury Festival in 2008 proved a controversial booking, with Noel Gallagher in particular saying he was “not having hip-hop at Glastonbury” and calling the decision “wrong”. Jay Z responded by opening his headline set with a cover of ‘Wonderwall’.

Liam Gallagher, meanwhile, more recently labelled West as “utter shit” on Twitter following the rapper’s Brit Awards performance. Kanye collaborator Mensa responded at the time: “fuck @liamgallagher and his irrelevant old man opinions”.

Now, speaking to The Guardian, Mensa has elaborated on his actions. “I had a little thing where I said: ‘Fuck one of the Gallagher brothers’ on Twitter, and I was getting posted on blogs for ‘starting a beef’ or something. I mean, whatever,” he began.

Mensa continued: “Those guys are legends, but also dickheads. Ultimate dickheads. I saw they were mad Kanye played Glastonbury. They were mad when Jay Z played too. Feels very racist to me.

“They’re gonna say: ‘No it’s not about race, it’s about guitar music, it’s about rock’n’roll’, but I mean like, how many people do you feel are carrying the spirit of rock’n’roll in 2015? Would you not say that ‘Yeezus’, and a song like ‘Black Skinhead’, is carrying the spirit of rock’n’roll? I can’t understand how that’s not fucking rock’n’roll.”

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Noel Gallagher recently described Kanye West’s Glastonbury headline set as “as good as it gets” to start with but admitted that he lost interest after half an hour.

Speaking to NME, Gallagher said that he was initially impressed with what he saw of the headline set when catching up with the highlights online. “I thought for half an hour it was fucking outrageous. It looked amazing on my iPad, I have to say,” he said.

He added: “For 30 minutes I thought, ‘Wow, this is truly fucking amazing’. Then, like most hip-hop gigs, after 45 minutes you’re going, ‘I want something else now’. But for half an hour it was as good as it gets.”