Chris and Jay
Sitting in a Tree
First Comes Love
(Mieka, “A Love Song for Jay and Chris”)
During a recent interview with Metro, Jay-Z opened up about his deep admiration for “Little Boy Stuck in the Body of a Golden Retriever” syndrome sufferer Chris Martin of Coldplay. According to Rap-Up.com (via Metro), Jay had this to say:
“We are good friends — but what I got to say has nothing to do with our friendship. I have been in the industry long enough to know when I’m in the presence of a genius… and Chris Martin is just that.”
Over his decades long career, Jay-Z has met with heads of state, titans of industry and artists of every stripe so when he says he knows a genius when he sees one, we must defer to his superior judgement. Except for when he’s clearly trippin’. Like now, because Chris Martin? Him? Jay, what is you smoking? Jay leveled up on his high praise of the man who let his ex-wife steam clean his balls in public by having him cosign on that Conscious Uncoupling statement by adding:
“In years to come, Britain will look back at him as a modern day Shakespeare. He is an incredible recording artist, an incredible songwriter, but where he really comes alive is performing live. If you get the chance to see Coldplay live, do it — you ain’t gonna regret it.”
I was an English Lit major, so I’ve read plenty of Shakespeare. But I don’t have Jay-Z’s kind of money, so it’s hard for me to purchase expensive time machine passage in order to go back to 1597 Stratford-upon-Avon to check the receipts by attending a Willy Shakes arena concert at the Globe After Dark. We plebeians will just have to take Jay’s word for it: Shakespeare played a mean Keytar.
Chris and Jay have worked together on several projects including a song called “Beach Chair” which was on Jay’s album Kingdom Come and “Lost+” which was on the Coldplay album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. Even though I’ve never heard of either of those songs, according to Jay, they will be boring middle school kids to death about 500 years from now.