Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten On Jay-Z: "He's Just Nonsense"

Punk legend disses the Hip Hop titan and claims he's stolen fans from him at live shows.

Johnny Rotten, lead singer of one of the most influential and infamous punk groups in history, The Sex Pistols, is no stranger to controversy. He’s made his name through media manipulation and the provocation of other celebrities. It’s worked as he has remained in the spotlight, mainly in his native Britain, for over thirty years despite his lack of commercial success. Rotten, born and often referred to as John Lydon, has recently reunited with his critically revered post-punk group Public Image Ltd. and published a memoir. The book was nominated for an NME Shockwave award where it is competing against Jay-Z’s Decoded, which is how the punk rock elder statesmen came to be asked about his opinion of the rap superstar.

His comments were less than complimentary. Speaking with NME Rotten had this to say about the BK emcee, “Come on! I'm afraid what he does is parody to me. Jay-Z's just nonsense. I've never met him, but twice I've had to play a stage opposite when he was on. One was in Coachella and one was in Poland, and both times I pulled an enormous crowd away from him. He certainly must have noticed."

Now before anyone starts calling Rotten an out of touch old man who has no clue when it comes to Hip Hop a little historical context is in order. Rotten actually collaborated with rap godfather Afrika Bambaataa and his band Time Control in 1984 on the absolutely classic single “World Destruction.” That was two years before Run DMC and Aerosmith released “Walk This Way.” With that in mind it’s probably better to look at Rotten’s comments as an expression of personal taste or simply an attempt to stir up some controversy and not as an indication that the man dislikes rap music.

 

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137 Comments

  • Ryan

    It seems like he was talking shit about all of the other nominees books, but I don't know how Jay-Z is a parody of Lydon. Does he mean a parody of an over the hill recording artist trying to stay relevant to a new generation? Jay-Z is still relevant in this generation. Is Lydon fairing as well? I really don't know, that's why I'm asking.

  • Vocab

    no offense taken. This is what Rotten does, dude is more known for his shit talking then his music these days. I would have been disappointed had he said otherwise

  • Fossie

    Jay -Z is fuckin overrated like I said before !"Rotten is an out of touch old man.....!Fuck you amos for dissin someone you don´t really know!!

  • j8ailey

    It is hilarious how defensive people can become because someone has an opinion contrary to their own. I myself do not agree with John Lydon but the man is certainly entitled to his opinion without having to be vilified for it.

  • Amos

    Rotten is an out of touch old man who has no clue when it comes to Hip Hop

  • Rachael Misek

    Punk and Rap always lovers, now its pop.

  • Vova

    This gossip only makes Jay-Z bigger

  • purebill

    I am a sex pistols fan and went to see them in 1996 and it was horrible!! people were leaving 6 songs into the show.now i saw Jay Z two years ago and it was by far the best hip hop show i ever seen!! so johnny rotten go fuck yerself you old ass fucker!!

  • Dj Rankon3

    Jay-Z is lame!!! KILLER MIKE IS THE FUTURE!!! PL3DGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BANG BANG BANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DeeLite

    Jay-Z is now known to me as Jay-ZZZZ I use to be a huge Jay fan!!! But the CRAP he’s been coming out with lately is just plain WACK (including all the features) it's just self indulgent nonsense! I don't give a f**k how rich you are Jay or that you got the best looking women in the game!!! I’ve heard million times dude! Come with something fresh for f**k sake!!! Your s**t is getting old just like YOU!!!! BTW BP3 was WACK WACK WACK!!!!

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  • deelite

    Jay-Z is now known to me as Jay-ZZZZ I use to be a huge Jay fan!!! But the CRAP he’s been coming out with lately is just plain WACK (including all the features) it's just self indulgent nonsense! I don't give a f**k how rich you are Jay or that you got the best looking women in the game!!! I’ve heard million times dude! Come with something fresh for f**k sake!!! Your s**t is getting old just like YOU!!!! BTW BP3 was WACK!!!!

  • deelite

    Jay-Z is now known to me as Jay-ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ I use to be a huge Jay fan!!! But the CRAP he’s been coming out with lately is just plain WACK (including all the features) it's just self indulgent nonsense! I don't give a f**k how rich you are Jay or that you got the best looking women in the game!!! I’ve heard million times dude! Come with something fresh for f**k sake!!! Your s**t is getting old just like YOU!!!! BTW BP3 was WACK!!!!

  • deelite

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  • Use to be Jay-Z fan

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  • Use to be Jay-Z fan

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  • Lil B niggaasss

    LIL B NIGGAS!! Lil B shits on JAY Z!.. NEWYORK IS THE BIRTH OF HIPHOP but the death of HIPHOP! GUCCI!!! SOULJER!

  • Espi

    I was at Coachella Fest last year with VIP passes backstage when Jay performed. First off his track "Forever Young" was off the chain when Beyonce joined in... http://roomrotator.com/Coachella2010/index.html .... Anyway I think this dude Johnny Rotten is a Megalomaniac so naturally the world revolves around him and he will think, in a delusional sense of mind, that people left Jay-z's crowd to join his when most likely the port a-potties were across the way. Jay had the main stage meaning he was the headliner at the time and Johnny Rotten was with his old group Public Image ltd and not his most successful band Sex Pistols. If you were there you would be thinking what I am thinking. This dude is delusional and/or stirring up some controversy to to shine a little light on his hideous face. Bad press is good press!

  • Tellemwhyyourmade

    Who gives a shit about this? I'm homeless feed me! Lol

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  • jigga

    shut up you stinky rocker! fukk yo feelings

  • Kevon Virgo Barnes

    "...expression of personal taste or simply an attempt to stir up some controversy and not as an indication that the man dislikes rap music." lol, like that's suppose to make it better?

  • Atl2Trill

    Lol at this old washed up rocker calling out Jigga. Too funny. Jay-Z probably doesn't give a shit. He'll just move on and keep stacking up money.

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  • white milk

    after reading these comments whats funny to me is all these white kids acting as if we all should know this rotten dude when in reality we dont give a fuk about him however you all do give a fuk about jay... hip hop pulled other races in, rock, lternative never did that. im a casual fan of jay. ill wont buy another album form him but i will listen to him. i also like other genres of music but the fact is whether hip hop artists are considered musicians or not they have a talent that ppl of all backgrounds seem to gravitate to. cant say the same for rotten even if he's rcok legend

    • tha620hawk

      Seriously man? First of all no one gives two shits about your race card. Second of all. I love hip hop, but no rocker dumbs down their genre like some hip hop artists do. Soulja boy? Gucci Mane sounds like he has a speech impediment. I hate this mans comments but don't pull the race card and don't act like hip hop is a damn all music holding hands kind of shit either. The good shit is long gone because we have travis barker remixes, and we have elton john on tracks. I guess I just like the grimey shit I guess.

  • Dr. Lyrical

    Say it again Rudboi100 "i actually heard it was the other way around. jay-z stole fans from him at Coachella. i didn't attend the show but all the reviews i read said the exact opposite of what this guy is claiming. & the youtube videos shows that jay-z set was packed."

  • me

    he says its parody because jay's music is so stereotypical.. nothing but materialism and negative black stereotypes.. his lyrics are sub-par, he gets by because people continue to wildly overrate his "talent".. his only redeeming quality is that he has a lot of money.. which is why he chooses to talk about it so much

    • DL Dub

      Really guy? See you? You seem to be waaaay hostile over the difference in opinion. And just the way some guy worth half a billion doesnt know or care about some guy he doesnt know defending him, is the same way he doesn't care about you sayin he's overrated... which would you rather ber under paid or overrated? I think you need to stop gangbangin on the internet and go wathc some porn or somethin

    • BKGrimey78

      I understand what Jay says, I don't agree with it, sorry, he comes across as crass and cocky, nah i'm good. I ain't got the time to look it up now, but he def throw subliminal shots at his followers, just like his bitch ass do with other rappers. Lyrically he nice, his attitude corny though, and you defending some nigga who don't give half a shit about you fam. Hop off Jays dick ya'll butch niggas, BK nigga come see me.

    • Anonymous

      people who think that Jay-Z is overrated, do not understand what he says.. his lyrics are probably way over your heads.. show me one Jay-Z song where he says "i don't care about my fans, i just want money and fame.."

    • HOV!

      You two are retards.

    • BK Grimey78

      well said, people do not want to admit it, but Jay is waaaaay overrated, and it's fucked up because he has mentioned in rhymes numerous of times, he don't care about his fans, he just want that money and fame. He's a bitch nigga in wolves' clothing who was served his riches for being a good house nigger.

  • arkitekt

    Lol who cares really

  • Anonymous

    kevin a. gary seems to be the only competant writer at hiphopdx.

    • Anonymous

      agreed, the worst writer at Dx who obviously think they a hip-hop knowitall is Slava Kuperstein, if thats their real name, Would love to box that niggas ears up lol

  • rudboi100

    i actually heard it was the other way around. jay-z stole fans from him at Coachella. i didn't attend the show but all the reviews i read said the exact opposite of what this guy is claiming. & the youtube videos shows that jay-z set was packed.

  • DanBootleg

    Aha this is marketing, however I doubt Jay-Z goes back and forth and gives Johnny Rotten's book light. Poor guy must not be generating enough revenue off his name alone so be brings in the competition.

  • Andrew

    Well, as a rock and roll and hiphop fan, a sex pistols and jay-z fan, i'd have to say that its hard to justify jay as nonsense in the "hiphop industry". In the "music industry" as a whole I would say that Johnny has a point. Most rap artists aren't really musicians, their emcees. They don't play instruments or really have to much musical knowledge other than producing. I mean is jay-z's music groundbreaking at all, no it's not, but most music now a days isn't. The simple fact of the matter is that rock and roll has a higher musical value than hiphop because of all the authenticity of the music. Have a live band on set with jay playing guitar and rapping and ill be a hell of a lot more impressed. and all the rest of the guys like gucci mane, waka fucka flame, lil boosie and all the other dudes like that, please go shoot your homies then off yourselves and save this humanity.

    • I SEE NOW

      YOU MAKE A VALID POINT BUT YOU STILL MISSING MINE AND IN ESSENCE HAVE MADE MY POINT. PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT IS NOT A REQUISITE FOR MUSICAL TALENT THERE ARE SEVERAL ROCK AND ROLL FRONT MEN THAT DO NOT PLAY AN INSTRUMENT DOES THAT LESSEN THERE MUSICAL TALENT? YOU HAVE TO BE THE JUDGE, IN MY HUMBLE OPINION IT DOES NOT BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO SOMETHING WELL THAT MYSELF AND PROBABLY HALF THE POPULATION CAN'T DO. DO YOU BELIEVE A PERSON WHO DOES NOT PLAY AN INSTRUMENT DOES NOT HAVE ANY MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE? MOST GARAGE BANDS ARE JUST THAT BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH THEY CAN PLAY AN INSTRUMENT THEY HAVE NO REAL MUSICAL TALENT. IN YOUR OPINION A SOULJA BOY, WACKA FLACKA, GUCCI MAY BE THE SAME AS A JADAKISS, BIG BOI, OR A J.COLE BECAUSE THE ARE ALL HIP HOP, BUT THAT'S LIKE SAYING TIM DUNCAN,AMARIE STOUDAMIRE, OR P. GASOL ARE THE SAME AS BRENDEN HAYWARD,ERIC DAMPIER, OR CHRIS WILCOX ARE VIEWED THE SAME BECAUSE THE ALL PLAY CENTER IN THE NBA. MAYBE TO PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE ANY REAL INTEREST IN HIP HOP MUSIC, BUT EVEN THE CASUAL FAN KNOWS THE DIFFERENCE. WITH THAT SAID PEOPLES TASTE DICTATES WHAT THEY LIKE BE IT ROCK,JAZZ,REGGAE,CLASSICAL,HIP HOP,COUNTRY. I LISTEN TO SOME OF IT ALL BUT MY FAVORITE IS HIP HOP AND EVEN AS A CASUAL FAN I CAN HEAR THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF TALENT IN ARTISTS OF OTHER GENRES.

    • tha620hawk

      I See You Now, You named a few, and that is all hip hop has is a few. Just because Jay had the roots with him has nothing to do with Jay's musical talent. Even the garage bands in life can play a guitar and drums. Which is way harder then fuckin around on fruity loops. And believe it or not, those lame rappers like waka, boosie, and soulja are in the same catagory. Whether you like it or not. Its how people look at hip hop

    • I SEE NOW

      SO YOU BEING A FAN OF JAY Z DID YOU SEE FADE TO BLACK. THE ROOT BACKED HIM UP ALSO ON THE MTV UNPLUGGED JOINT HE DID THE MASH UP WITH WITH LINKIN PARK ALL OF HIS LIVE SHOWS HE DOES AT LEAST HALF OF THE SET WITH A LIVE BAND BACKING HIM UP. DON'T LUMP ALL HIP HOP IN THE SAME GROUP. A LOT OF IT IS NOT AUTHENTIC, BUT YOU HAVE TO GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. ANDRE'3000 CAN PLAY DAMN NEAR ANY INSTRUMENT AND SO CAN KANYE. RZA ONE THE GRIMIEST PRODUCERS EVER UNDERSTANDS INSTUMENTATION WELL TO DO A MOVIE SCORE AND IT WAS NOT A HIPHOP THEMED MOVIE DO YOU RESEARCH BEFORE YOU SAY THAT ABOUT A GENRE OF MUSIC ALL.

  • John Casserly

    the fact that a large percentage of people on here don't seem to know who Johnny Rotten is scares me! I mean c'mon people you are supposed to be music fans, Johnny Rotten, the sex pistols, the greatest punk band of all time...and you have never heard of him? really? Really? REALLY????

    • purebill

      man everyone should know who DJ Premier is!! i mean the fact that dumb ass cop playing ice -t is betterknown than DJ Premier just shows what a sad ass world we live in!!

    • Glen

      I'm with you John. Any music fan, no matter what the genre, should know Johnny Rotten and The Sex Pistols @Guero - DJ Premier is probably too obscure outside of hip hop circles, but post about 2Pac or Ice T on a rock site and they'd know who you were talking about. @you're dumbe - you are the dumb (no 'e' on the end) one my friend...

    • you're dumbe

      ^ what he said.

    • Guero

      Dumb @ss comment. You expect everyone at this site to know who he is?? Go to a rock website and post a story about DJ Premier. Some might have heard about him, but im sure not everyone knows who he is. You're stupid.

  • wickwickwack

    its funny to see jay get bigger and bigger .i know alot of rock fans who hate hip hop but love jayz it pisses alot of artists off when jay is booked at rock festivals for example takeover wasnt only meant for nas ...

  • Tim Wilkens

    as a fan of both, my view is....this story is pointless and shouldnt even be published. But its hilarious listening to all these ignorant fools instantly biasing Jay Z when they have no idea who Johnny Rotten even is.

  • jonny rotten

    meh! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02qX7rOdOqE&feature=feedu

  • Anonymous

    LOL @ all the people falling all over themselves to protect Jay from criticism, dont worry about it ya'll, Jay-Z is still a corprate puppet with 100's of billions of dollars invested in his success, Those companies will never allow there mascot to be damaged in any way, its gonna be alright

    • Anonymous

      what if I just like his music? "Imaginary player" and "lucky me" were both classic records. and neither of them tried to cell me an i phone.

    • Karl Craig

      LMAO! An article referencing Johnny 'Rotten' and Jay-Z and you're gonna paint Jay as the 'corporate puppet'? I take it you're not familiar with the 'punk legend' in adverts for Countrylife Butter. Also, you might want to check with people who aren't serving their own egos, even an over-whelmingly favourable review of PiL's set at Coachelle admits that "75%" of the crowd was watching Jay-Z. Not worried about Hov, just pointing out some facts for anyone getting a bit confused out there.

  • xavier

    "I've heard it's just full of kiss and tell stories about guns and drugs and women," Lydon said of the guitarist's work. This is what this nigga said about Keith Richards' book "Life" which is also nominated in the in the Best Book category this year for the nme awards. Face it this nigga ain't no revolutionary he's just talking shit about his competetion

  • J-hunt da Prodigy

    Haven't heard of him, and if I haven't, then I know the majority of North America hasn't either, so I don't care lol

    • Jeremy F Taylor

      There all over Vh1 countdowns mainly for sid vicous' death. there in the rock and roll hall of fame. Yea not important there nobodys. I dont like them but i know who they are

    • hiphopdoc

      Another uneducated know-it-all kid...the Sex Pistols are one of the greatest and most iconic rock bands in history. They've remained relevant since their first and ONLY studio album in 1977...name ONE hip-hop artist that's still around based on ONE album that they released 34 years ago...you can't! Not only that but I'm sure I could name a slew of incredible, legendary artists and bands that you have never heard of. Like all members of your young, dumb generation you need to learn to research before you dismiss things, because it makes you look like an idiot when you make comments like this in a public forum. Cheers!

    • obselete

      stevefrench, you don't understand how fast an artist becomes obselete when they stop making an impact (i.e. you don't even get to skip them while channel surfing).

    • stevefrench

      never heard of the sex pistols? really? do you live under a rock? its one thing to dislike their music, but can you deny ever hearing the band name "sex pistols"?

  • Anonymous

    HATER HATER HATER HATER HATER

  • tmc

    Who gives a fuck wut this old ass Nobody thinks!?hs juss a attention whore /junky that knows absolutely nothin about hiphop.he's not relevent whatsoever.

  • Lankh

    Rotten is rotten. he's another white bitch rockman who shit on a nigga because he thinks white rock is better than Rap. fuck that rotten bitch

    • read the last paragraph.

      read the last paragraph.

    • toprahmin

      oh i get it. you're uneducated and have such a narrow view on music as a whole that now this has to do with race. you think if you try to turn it into a race issue, people will ignore the fact that you're so stupid you don't even know who the sex pistols are. clever. i hope i don't blow your cover.

  • jack johnson

    good on rotten lol

  • Anonymous

    THIS BUM TALKIN SHIT ABOUT HOV CUZ NOW THATS THE NEW TREND WHEN EVA SOMEONE AINT POPIN THEY SAY "JAY Z" AND THEY GET FAMOUS FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES, NIGGA SHUT THE F UP AND MAKE GOOD MUSIC 11 NUMBER 1 ALBUMS THE BEST NIGGA TO EVA DO IT ON THIS RAP SHIT

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    PEOPLE GOT A NERVE SAYIN JAYZ WOULD OF NEVA MADE IT IF PAC WAS ALIVE THATS JUST STUPID,JAY Z BECAME WHO HE IS BY MAKIN GOOD MUSIC N MAKIN GOOD BUSINESS MOVES CUZ UNLIKE MOST OF THIS RAPPERS THAT NIGGA USE TO HUSTLE LIKE ALL THE BOSSES AT ROCAFELLA, ALL THIS OTHA RAPPERS BECAME GANGSTERS AFTER THEY BECAME MILLIONAIERS,PAC, GAME ECT PAC STILL MADE GOOD MUSIC RIP

    • Curtis Gero

      To the guy above me, I'm a huge pac and Jay fan...but you do realize Pac's last album when he was alive was at the same time as Jay's first right? lol...Pac's first album went gold...Jay's first album is Platinum if i'm not mistaken...so I think Jay would've been alright if Pac was alive still (R.I.P)

    • Anonymous

      he wouldnt of that shits fact...Jay couldnt sell when Pac was alive Pacs last album when Jay put out an album at the same time before he died Jay sold 250k Pac sold 5 MILLION nobody gave a fuck about Jay until there was a void left by Pac dying and Biggie too

  • Dalton

    I'm sure if the concerts were held in Brooklyn or anywhere in the USA jay-z would have pulled every concert goer away from Johnny Rotten

  • LaDarren Ramel Smith

    I listen to classic rock & really enjoy alot of it!!! But this dude has no right coming @ Jay like that he's not to rock what Jay-Z is to Hip hop!!!! I know that to be fact!!! reverbnation.com/fshosaynomo reverbnation.com/fshosaynomo reverbnation.com/fshosaynomo

  • Anonymous

    Excuse me guys wasn't sex pistols part of a punk lifestyle and now thats more popular than ever. he admits in an interview that he's never met jay how can he speak on someone he's never met but played a stage right next to him. oh ya that gives you the right to speak badly about someone

    • Anonymous

      ive never met Baby but I can give my opinion that he's wack and dumb as fuck based on listening to him rap and speak in interviews you dont have to meet someone to form an opinion fool

  • Zood

    To all those who say Jay-z is a sell out supporting johnny rotten, I ought to say that this is the same guy who advertises butter in the uk... Some punk he turned out to be.

  • September Blues

    of course he's right jayz still pulling rap lines about coke he sold and this nikka sittin down with warren buffet talkin bout wall street,and that's not fake to you??? he just want your money he down with the elite in other words he's their puppet but he still promoting that rob,kill,and steal to get rich propaganda that's why the elite push him and put him higher in positon of power(rock n roll star) even though he doesnt have nearly the half of support around the world.

    • Gemstar

      You idiots don't like anything.

    • YouSerious?

      What's the last song where Jay-Z said in any form, "you should kill and steal to get rich and successful"? Give me a song where he specifically makes that message. What is this guy supposed to do? Jay-Z became ambitious and wanted to branch out business wise, that's a personal decision of his. But of course, now that he owns part of the Nets and other business interests, people forget that this guy made songs like "You Must Love Me" and "Regrets".

    • Anonymous

      Waste of breath arguing with people on a site like this, the responses will all be along the lines of : "Fuck this hater, Jay Z gettin that paper!!!" Rap is so far from what it use to be, lol, back in the day nobody would respect some dude selling coke out one side of his mouth and producing "Annie" remakes out the other, Rap is so Safe & Commercial now its pathetic, and Jay-Z is basically the mascot for it......And before you respond, I dont give a fuck if Jay is "Gettin that Paper" he still a sellout that would Probably Go on stage wearing a skirt if Hip Hop Transvestites were the new style next week

  • Alex Avram-Rusu

    I don't know what's his problem with Jay-Z, or anyones problem for that matter... remember Glastonbury...

  • G

    fuck johnny rotten. keep doin your thing jay.

    • toprahmin

      ultrakid - get educated son. punk rock is not and never has been about money. the sex pistols toured the US once, playing small venues and bars mostly in the south, then broke up shortly thereafter. that being said, i'm pretty sure rotten couldn't give a shit about how his album (which was released over 3 decades ago) or book is selling. by the way, punk rock also spawned new york hardcore. look up DMS. the original lower east side crew, the definition of real, your favorite rapper is shook.

    • ultrakid

      `yeah no disrespect to "johnny rotten" but to me he just seems like a burnt out -has been. im sure he still probably has his fans but hes just mad because someone like jayz is selling more books& records than him.....can anyone say METH-HEAD...LOL

  • Anonymous

    For Some reason, it doesnt surprise me that the guy from the Sex Pistols doesnt like Jay-Z Sex Pistols were all about Anarchy and "Down with the system" type stuff, where as Jay-Z is Mr. Corprate, Would sell you tampons if he could make a buck off it and pretty much defines the word sell out Whats the surprise here??

    • GLOCKWORK

      What? Did you read the story? He's writing a memoir to compete with decoded. It's a fucking commercial enterprise. He's full of shit, he's no anarchist, just a capitalist like anyone else. Don't get mad and call other people out on their success because your genre is dead.

    • September Blues

      agree.its not about rap but about jay-z being a sellout

  • YouSerious?

    you know why teenagers don't know about this guy? Cause he hasn't done anything in the last decade to interest people or get new fans. He has a problem with Jay fine, but there's little to be found in his argument. What's his point? Jay never went out of his way to diss him, so in reality Johnny is being a bitch for this sudden period he's having.

    • Anonymous

      He Introduced and narrated 'Flip! Sorry!'. It was dope.

    • Anonymous

      Do you really think Hiphopdx is gonna post Johnny Rottens entire reasoning behind not liking Jayz? They throw little bits of interviews into their articles for shock value and to get people to click on them. You cant be mad at the man for having his OWN opinion. Buck up little pussies and use your brain for more than what the tv/radio/commercials/internet tell you to use it for.

    • YouSerious?

      See, GLOCKWORK is right, its no problem that this guy has a problem with Jay-Z, its the fact that in this article, I didn't see any part where Rotten justifies his dislike for Jay. Where did I say this was about censorship or hating? I just think that if someone comes out and says "Jay-Z sucks" without giving some sort of REASON behind it, it's hard to take that guy serious.

    • GLOCKWORK

      You're wrong son, we have opinions too we just don't accept flawed or unfounded arguments like this guy's. We won't just accept someone's dogmatic value judgment as fact. And I'll fucking call him out on it; he's dumb as fuck and needs to keep that shit to himself unless he can back it up.

    • Anonymous

      Modern day thinking of todays kids: Have an opinion on somebody else and thats a no no He thinks he sucks, he spoke on it, Todays generation is so into cencorship its laughable. Dont say anything bad about anybody or your a hater.......Yeah, okay, Dudes a hater, whats so wrong with that, your not aloud to hate on something if you think it sucks??.........Its called an opinion, Jay didnt have to do anything to him, he makes music the guy doesnt like and instead of playing political games he spoke on it, whats the problem??

  • Anonymous

    Word up to Johhny Rotten, most of you 16 year olds have no idea who he is and that's sad. Johnny Rotten has always been crazy, that's how the punk shit USE TO BE! Mad respect to Johnny, all you modern day thugs could take some notes from these old school punks, no knock on Jay-Z even though he's sitting on a billion dollars, but for those clowning on Johnny Rotten obviously don't think outside the BET box. Johnny Rotten is gangster as fuck, keyword = GANGSTER (not thug.) He would spit in every single one these bloggers face and laugh, this fool don't give a fuck what a bunch of american, middle class black kids in high school think about him, fucker is an legend in his own right.

  • Tyrannical T

    "stealing fans from you" dude is dissing himself. your not good enough to keep them brother fall back

  • Mike

    Rotten is a dyring rocker with no money left. This story's brought him more attention than anything he's done creatively in the last fifteen years, and I'm being nice with that number. Jay has everything this guy would kill for.

  • truthenola

    Who cares what he thinks or says ..never heard of him, and dont think ya'll slick by trying to add credibility to your article by referencing bambatta as a post collaborator. Jay-Z has done more for hiphop than anybody can imagine,.

    • Anonymous

      For the record...Jayz would be a memory if Tupac was never killed. Tupac was trying to flush out the fake drug dealers/mafia members from hip hop music but was killed before he could finish the job...And the media didnt help by starting the east coast/west coast bullshit. Tupac was always going at Big/Jayz and anybody affiliated with them only...Because he knew the shit they rapped about was fake as hell.

    • triPAUD

      AB has done more for hip hop than Jay Z. I mean he to helped create it as we know it before Jay could help it to blow it up. Shawn would probably agree. Just saying.

    • Anonymous

      dont be annoying mike. the fuck cares if Johnny Rotten was influential look how hes acting.

    • $$mike

      HAHA..never heard of Johnny Rotten..your an ignorant fucking asshole...you shouldn't even be allowed to listen to music...Johnny Rotten and the sex pistols were one of the most major influences on music in the last 50 years...if you dont know the pistols you dont know music and shouldnt even be allowed to listen to music

  • Anonymous

    this man is entitled to his own opinion.dont knowbody give a fuck about jayz's old [caked up]selfish ass anyway.hes always tryna still somebody shine or light in whatever fashion he can.so fuck a cracker and his fuck ass thoughts,and fuck jayz cause hes a rich buster.and ive heard it from more than a few people who came across this dude.pimp c dissed jayz sublimanaly in that atl rant before he died.if you call me for a verse and i do it for free or dont charge you then what am i.but if you charge bunb 30thousand to do a verse then you garbage.get throwed bun bs album do your homework jay z is a fuck boy

  • Shady

    wow now everybody is talking shit about jay, he was right in So ambitious, everybody whispering behind my back, no vision, lack of ambition, so WACK!

    • riddick

      Co-sign... all jay-z albums he predicts how people will always hate on him cause hes so humble , does his thing and steady makes power moves everrybody looking for a hand-out . work hard earn yours,.. leaches

  • Anonymous

    Why the fuck do people always think were in last dayz the vudeo was in 1984 look at how the world has changed

  • Jesus Ruiz

    johnny rotten is not getting a million a show - just sayin.

  • Mandy Sandy

    lol at diz nobody sayin jay-z! stole fanz from him. maybe no1 iz interested in u n-e-more. ur washed up and could b my grandpa. hahaha! no1 wants 2 listen 2 a 70 yr old screamin on hiz guitar. they wanna hear "empire state of mind" and "run diz town". dat'z dat hot shit. when wuz da last time diz guy had a hit? da 70z? RNGMB BITCH!

    • @Mandy Sandy

      like i said before the crew at Roc Nation and G.O.O.D Music would never think of something as gay as "Roc Nation/G.O.O.D Music Billionairez" or however you spell that shit, because you still think it's cool to replace the "s" in a word with a "z" for some reason. It's fucking lame. Haha you even put a "z" after the number 70, you're a fucking retard. Like Jay-Z even cares about the Johnny Rotten situation though, i'm sure he'll subliminally respond to this some way or another just like he did with the dude from Oasis.

    • Anonymous

      nobody? your a dumb bitch. do your homework ho!

  • Bfam

    And this is news because?

  • C-O

    NEW VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwRlBNqyB1I

  • shane

    Get em!...personaly i think there both not really book material. Especially jay-z though unless he got someone real good to ghost write it.

  • Stephen Kearse

    "I've never met him, but twice I've had to play a stage opposite when he was on. One was in Coachella and one was in Poland, and both times I pulled an enormous crowd away from him. He certainly must have noticed." When you consider the racial, ethnic and socioeconomic demographics of the people who attend Coachella (or who live in Poland), the idiocy of this statement becomes really apparent. Also, who uses crowd interest to make an argument? Johnny Rotten and his poor argument can suck my sex pistol.

    • Anonymous

      He's referring here to "the people who attend coachella" not white people in general. He just didn't quite word it well enough.

    • Yeah But....

      Most rap concerts are attended by white people, especially Jay-Z concerts because they're normally at higher end venues.

  • dontgiveafuck.

    it's about time someone exposes joe camel

    • Tyrone

      Obviously a Soulja boy fan here. You can dis Jay all you want, but who has had a bigger impact on hiphop overall than Jay. While you clowns are siting around waiting for Dre to drop that 10 year old pile of garbage, Jay is assembling a killer roster.

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  • sinisterminister

    HAHAHAHAHA. That is all.

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