Someone give these two their own Odd Couple show already. Jay-Z and Oasis‘ Noel Gallagher have been at each other for months now and it’s anyone’s guess how it will end up. The original dispute began when Gallagher voiced his opinion that Jay shouldn’t play the Glastonbury Festival. After a guitar-playing Jay-Z blew the roof off at fest (too bad the YouTube clip was removed!), the two traded barbs. And the beef ain’t over: Leaked snippets from Jay’s forthcoming album reveal that he’s upping the ante. Read our timeline for specifics.
April 14, 2008 — Gallagher tells BBC News that the Glastonbury Festival’s choice to book Jay-Z as a headliner was a poor one. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. If you start to break it then people aren’t going to go. I’m sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance. Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go ‘Kylie Minogue?’ I don’t know about it. But I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong.”
June 28 — Jay-Z performs the Oasis song “Wonderwall” at Glastonbury in mock tribute to his now-nemesis in front of 75,000 fans, adding “My name is Jay-Z and I’m pretty fucking awesome.”
July 4 — Gallagher backtracks after Jay’s crowd-winning performance: “For the record, I Iike Jay-Z. That’s my opinion. If it offends people, don’t ask me any more questions. I should do these things and answer like every two-bit pop star.”
July 4 to early August — The feud appears to be dead, but then again, so did Red in the Pineapple Express.
Present — Snippets from Jay’s forthcoming album were released. Not content to let foul-mouthed, hot-tempered dogs lie, it features scathing lyrics like “That bloke from Oasis said I couldn’t play guitar/ Someone shoulda told him I’m a mutha******* rock star/ Today is gonna be the day that I’m gonna throw it back to you.”
The world now waits to see what happens when you willingly provoke Gallagher. Take cover and watch for flying beer bottles. [Photos: WireImage, Getty Images]