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John Lydon VS Jay-Z

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Okay, see that gauntlet on the floor by your feet, Jay-Z? John Lydon, formerly of the Sex Pistols, threw it there. It's on!

Seems Johnny Rotten has some beef with the rapper that we just don't quite understand. Out of nowhere, John told sources that he thought Jay-Z was only a "nonsense" act, who, in his opinion, has been proven of his mediocrity by the rocker twice. John told sources:

"I'm afraid what Jay-Z does musically is parody to me. He's just nonsense. I've never met him, but twice I've had to play on a stage opposite when he was on. One was Coachella festival and one was in Poland, and both times I pulled an enormous crowd away from him. He certainly must have noticed."

Actually, we're sure he didn't. He's kind of a busy man, with his mega music empire, his beautiful wife. his stake in a major sports team, his fashion line and having a direct line to the leader of the free world. In fact, we're fairly certain that if your name came up in conversation, he'd have no idea who you even are.

So, what else you got?

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44 comments to “John Lydon VS Jay-Z”

  1. Blunt says – reply to this


    thats so random

  2. 2

    As much as i dislike Jay-z this was uncalled for. What did Jay-z even do to this guy? "I pulled an enormous crowd away from him. Im pretty sure if people didn't know who he was he wouldn't have sold so many records.

  3. 3

    how old are you? you don't know much if you dont know the sex pistols. jay-z is distracting people from his bad "music" and shitty personality by taking on other jobs. i'm on johnny rottens side. have some respect.

  4. kizzy says – reply to this


    what a jerk
    I hate when people think that because someone plays a different type of music or listen to a different type that you then their music is somehow nonesense or inferior, everyone has their own thing that abd John is an a-hole I dont listen to the sex pistols but that doesnt mean that i will disrespect his music or fans for listening to stuff i dont like

  5. kizzy says – reply to this


    I guess he's jealous cause most people dont even know who he is

  6. *B says – reply to this


    Baahaaa! I Love it! The Sex Pistols are a founding PUNK band. They piss people off big deal. Jayz will never be as gound breaking as they were. Who cares that hes married to Beyonce. The Sex Pistols are the Sex Pistols and actaully changed music history–has Jayz?-NOPE. This is the dumbest post to take Jayz side.

  7. 7

    P.I.L>sex pistols


  8. *B says – reply to this


    Yep i agree summersoda!!

  9. 9

    I don't know much about Lydon, but if you measure Jay-z's business acumen, his musical abilities, and his beautiful wife, someone can only conclude Lydon's a freakin genius. The Nets are horrific, his wife's thunder thighs can forecast hurricanes, and Jayz's music sounds worse that a subway screech in new york new york. I'm with Lydon on this one.

  10. 10

    You should post where John praises gaga! YES HES ACTUALLY LOVES HER! :D That's fucking awesome!!!

  11. 11

    Johnny Rotten is a pioneer, and is entitled to his opinion. He was at the fore front of a musical revolution, on which hasn't been replicated. He's right most rap is nonsense. Thirty years from now no one will be redoing rap songs.

  12. 12

    It would appear that Mr. Rotten is commenting on Mr. Z's musical abilities, or lack there of. Personally, when I chose to go to a concert or buy someone's music, I'm not concerned with what that person's wife looks like. Nor am I concerned with how many investments that person is juggling, or that they have the Presidents number on speed dial. I'm interested in the music. While Mr. Rotten seems to be interested in the music, you and Mr. Z appear to be more interested in money and fame.

  13. 13

    Perez sometimes your so gay I don't know what to do with you …. this is the legendary sex pistols the kings of "Punk" Do they really have to have a reason? hell no! Sometimes you gotta post the story and keep your 2 cents to yourself. BTW if Obama has time to talk to Jay-z then he should get the bleep out of office, does he not have more important things to do? Besides rappers who take on multiple duties don't do it cause they are talented they do it cause they like to appear like they are busy… it's the hip-hop trend, not some kind of mastermind.

  14. 14

    I only know this guy from the County Life Butter ad lol.

  15. 15

    I know what he means, I'm not sure what all the fuss is with Jay? And John Lydon is legendary!

  16. 16

    It's Johhny fuckin Rotten. If he wasn't pissing people off, he wouldn't be able to sleep at night.

    And if someone doesn't know who he is, then they need some serious musical education.

  17. 17

    Again you focus on the material Mario. Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

  18. 18

    Reply to no. 13: LOL! Come on, man. I'm a gay dude and love The Sex Pistols. I really like bands from that time: The Runaways, The Ramones, The Stooges, etc. Of the stuff Perez pushes here, I really like Adele and The Gossip/Beth Ditto….although I prefer The Gossip's early raw/blusey sound.

  19. 19

    What do these Brit rockers have against Jay-Z? First the dudes from Oasis, and now this guy. John sounds like a cranky old man. Why can't he be just be cool in his old age, like Ozzy. Now THAT's a legend.

  20. 20

    Johnny Lydon is a punk icon and founder.
    Jay-Z is rich.

  21. 21

    Sorry, but ripping Johnny Rotten won't make Jay-z's music not suck.

  22. 22

    Team Johnny Rotten!!!

    Jay-Z is a stupid, race-baiting ghetto guy, and for what? White America has given him all he's got. But yes, Beyonce is the Queen of America, beautiful in every way. That's the only thing you got right, Mario.

  23. 23

    My apologize no. 18 didn't mean to insinuate that gay's don't know about music but sometimes Perez well he is just sooo gay gay gay. Really good playlist you got there btw.

  24. 24

    "his stake in a major sports team" ?
    his team cant play for shiiit!

  25. 25

    Ha!! You get him Johnny Rotten!! Rotten is way cooler than Jay-Z any day. Jay-Z's music is crap and who cares about his sellout wife! Rotten and the Sex Pistols had some meaning and it wasn't all this crap about being rich and spoiled. It's funny how Jay-Z and others parade around and get special treatment just because they are rich. Rotten was just telling how it is like he always does. Rotten rules!!

  26. 26

    Let's just say that's John Lydon for you. He is very critical of other's music (and usually he's right). And honestly, I think Lydon has much more talent than Jay-Z. He's been around much longer thus he is entitled to say what he likes and dislikes.

  27. 27

    Well…c'mon, I'm not saying that he is joking, but part of Johnny (Rotten) Lydon's gig is pulling people's chain. He likes to poke people and fully expects the same in return.

  28. 28

    The Sex Pistols have and will be known for a lot longer than Jay Z can ever dream of.

  29. 29

    i hate when people act like this and start drama,
    its uncalled for.
    what rapper doesnt rip on people? thats part of their job.

    jay z is very successful, and not many rappers will last or do half of what he has done. and for him to say that is just wrong!

    whoever doesnt know who jay z is,
    truly lives under a rock

  30. 30

    The Sex Pistols are TRUE punk, which blows rap out of water any day.

  31. 31

    The likes of J-Z and Kanye just make mixed tapes of other peoples music and add some cliche raps in-between, Sex Pistols changed the whole world!

  32. 32

    Wow Perez you absolutely have no clue who Johnny Rotten is, do you??? He is just a major Cultural Punk ICON. I for the life of me do not see the JayZ appeal physically or musically. I take that back, there is no music. He just gets someone to write a song and then he speaks in a Rap cadence and bops up and down while someone actually sings the song-and he actually gets all of the credit and money. Well, I guess if he can pull that game off , he definitely has some street smarts.

  33. 33

    to say that Jay-Z doesn't know who John Lydon is is completely ignorant on your part. Did Jay-Z pioneer an entire genre? No. Does Jay-Z have much of an influence on the music as John? No. Think of the countless amount of bands that have been inspired by Lydon and his music and Jay-Z falls sadly short, and he didn't sell out to do it.

  34. 7tizz says – reply to this


    You can't even compare the two. John is an innovator and a pioneer who forever changed music. Jay Z is just a rapper who hits it big every once in a blue moon with someone else doing a catchy chorus in one of his terrible rap songs - that's pretty much it.

  35. 35

    Lydon is right and you should listen to him. Not everybody has a price. We'll check in 33 years from now to see who has any quotes from Jay.

  36. 36

    I don't understand why people are taking sides in this non-issue. Lydon is punk, Jay Z is rap. They have both been at the forefront of their genres at some point.

    Frankly, if a person that didn't know about the Sex Pistols read his comments about Jay Z, they'd think he was a bitter old git who may be confused….

  37. 37

    the sex pistols were trail blazers but come on, he's basically just recycling his old shit for money at this point, there's nothing punk as fuck about THAT, dumb ass. I hardly doubt he led any jigga fans away either, give me a fucking break.

  38. 38

    Sex Pistols > Jay-Z. Punk > Rap.

  39. 39

    fuck off and do some more butter adverts john lydon, i swear he is so bitter

  40. YUCK says – reply to this


    Re: summersodaRe: *B – you are so right as is johhny rotten. jayz is a fucking side show act. he sucks, the only decent music he has done is when he hijacks another artists song like he did to alicia keys, lincoln park, pharell and others. he will hear a track and panic knowing its going to be a hit and he pays the artists to let him be on it just to stay relevant. and his wife is a little long in the tooth and stupid anyway, who really wants a vapid fucking wife.

  41. 41

    Johnny Rotten ROCKS the TRUTH!! What does Jay-Z do musically? Let's see, he samples other peoples music and then he talks over it in rhyme. So, that means he does nothing musically. He's doesn't play an istrument and he doesn't sing. So, he's not even a musician. He's proven that you don't need any musical skill at all but you can still make believe that you're doing great music. It's the biggest lie in music history. But, the saddest thing is that everybody have bought into it. I love that Perez thinks Jay-Z is great, because, he is rich, has busines ventures, and is married to Beyonce. Hey, Perez I don't think those things have anything to do with music!! Perez, get out of the dance club and start listening to real music.

  42. 42

    Faaaack you Perez! Johnny Lydon fckin opened the door for ALL of you, before that, you were all a bunch of twats following along to the 'norm'. He opened to doors for SO MANY music genres, INCLUDING rap. So Jay-Z should most definitely know who Johnny Lydon is, and have respect for him. The Sex Pistols paved the way for bands to "push the limits" and he may of certainly opened doors for even YOU, to bad mouth people and speak your mind. He's done a lot for media, and you shouldn't be dismissing him so quickly. The man is a fckin treasure, and we should all be a little more like Johnny Lydon, then maybe we wouldn't be taking so much shit from the media and society.

  43. 43

    The Sex Pistols were and still are one of the most relevant bands no matter what music you like. Have some respect for someone who has given their life to their profession and has been doing it a lot longer than Jay-Z. He may be a little odd but he knows his shit.

  44. 44

    Who is Jay-Z???