Jay-Z has finally commented on the furore surrounding his forthcoming headline set at Glastonbury.
The rapper's inclusion on the traditionally band-based line-up has drawn criticism from several people - including Noel Gallagher of Oasis, who said "I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It's wrong."
Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, said: "We don't play guitars, Noel, but hip-hop has put in its work like any other form of music. This headline show is just a natural progression. Rap music is still evolving. We just have to respect each other's genre of music and move forward."
He also spoke about the controversy surrounding his inclusion by saying "I've never ever had a show that's caused this much of a stir so I'm really looking forward to it. I've never been involved in anything this controversial. What's the big deal about doing a show? I guess it's heritage and people hold that dear to their heart and see it one way but that's how the world is. The world has to change. It just can't be one thing - and that's the beautiful thing. That's why people feel so passionate about an event."