Not only did Jay-Z perform the first hip-hop show in the history of London’s Royal Albert Hall last night, but he got a little help from some unlikely friends: Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, and his Oscar-winning wife Gwyneth Paltrow, to be exact. According to NME, Martin shared rhymes with Hova on the songs “Dead Presidents II” and “Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love).” While Paltrow, a singer in her own right, provided backup vocals on “Song Cry.” Turns out, Martin is also producing a song on Jay-Z’s upcoming comeback album, Kingdom Come.
Our friends at Pitchfork report on the whole collaboration with some very dry analysis:
Before last night, the enormous hunk o’ beef between hip hop mogul and megastar Shawn Carter, rap alias Jay-Z, and Chris Martin, little-known rap alias Chill Playa, was salmonella raw. Martin, as we all know, set it off back in ’00 with the dis track “Yellow”, ostensibly a sappy star-gazing love song but actually a dig on Jay-Z’s cowardice. Jigga bit back with “Takeover”, declaring Martin “had ‘Sparks’ when [he] started but now [he’s] just rubbish.” Who’d have thought these two arch nemeses would ever patch things up?