5 Reasons Why Jay Z Could Nail An EDM Show (And 5 Reasons Why He Won’t)

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Yesterday, we heard word that HBO is working with Calvin Harris, Trainspotting scribe Irvine Welsh, and a production conglomerate that features Will Smith and Jay Z's Marcy Media to create a half-hour "electronic music comedy series," Higher. We're not sure if this is named after the Baauer and Just Blaze single that Hov was featured on, but Jay Z even being attached to this project is interesting. It comes around the time that Marcy Media is attached to another out of the box project, Annie (although Annie isn't completely out of leftfield, considering that it was sample material for one of Jay's biggest hits, "Hard Knock Life"). While there's history there between Jay and Annie, WTF does Jay know about electronic music?

Maybe we're just being protective of this thing of ours, but we're on the fence with this news. It could be awesome—Trainspotting is a modern classic, and the bible to some movie buffs. And depending on the slant, getting someone like Calvin Harris to be a part of the show could be a good move. Are they going for a "life and times of a superstar DJ" thing? If so, Calvin's the highest paid DJ in the world right now, so it makes sense. But the big question is: How much of a factor can Jay Z be in this show's success? Will his storied influence on pop culture help catapult Higher into the stratosphere, or will he be helping this show die a quick death? We figured it was time to focus on the pros and cons of Jay Z's involvement on this show. Maybe it can work... or maybe this thing will tank.

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  • FuckDAD

    Lol “Maybe we are just being protective of this thing of ours”. Electronic Music is a scape goat for this site to see dividends. Next you guys will be all backstage snapping photos of DJs with chicks or out front of their house. I pray for this site.

    • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

      How do you see us using electronic music as a scapegoat?

  • Slappy47

    Jay is a smart guy. I’m sure whatever his involvement with the project is will be for the better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaytwo Jay Two

    Who the hell cleared this article? Irrelevant.

    • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

      A site that covers dance music speaking about the pros and cons of Jay Z producing a show for HBO about electronic music. How is this NOT relevant?

  • AFricke

    Jay was a producer on the indie film, ‘An Oversimplification of her Beauty’ last year. The film was scored by Flying Lotus.

    • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

      That’s amazing. Also not a serial comedy series about electronic music.

      • AFricke

        You asked, “WTF does Jay Z know about electronic music?”

        Probably more than you think.

        • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

          Producing a film with a FlyLo score doesn’t really equate to knowing electronic music culture, does it?

          • AFricke

            So you don’t think as curator of MIA Festival Jay listens to the artists booked for his music fest? Wether someone tells him about the artist first or it’s someone he found on his own? You painted him as someone that couldn’t possibly know about electronic music culture and you don’t whether he does or not. I’ve just been pointing out things that should lead you to do believe that he knows a helluva lot more than you’re giving him credit for.

          • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

            “you don’t whether he does or not” which is why I asked the question “WTF does he know about electronic music?” in the first place. And still and all, booking talent for a festival (which doesn’t necessarily mean he listens to the acts he’s putting his name on, as i imagine he’s taking suggestions from others as well) has nothing to do with knowing the ins and outs of the electronic music scene, especially from what would appear to be a DJ/producer lifestyle.

          • H8er

            He dont know jack shit about EM, but he know the sound of Washington, jefferson, Lincon, Jackson or why not Wilson!

          • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

            LOL true indeed.

      • H8er

        you want comedy just watch Jearsy Whore with Pauly D and Co of asswipes

  • The Esteemed

    I just wish Jay would get back to making dope hip hop.

  • H8er

    Jay Z or Dayz, stay out of the way of Electronic Music, PLEASE, keep doing your rapthing, its enough that guetta has ruined the scene completely so that every asswipe known to man is trying to be a deejay in a split second.

    It has nothing to do with art or the respect for the craft, its all about the money.

    Meja did write a real good tune, its all bout the money, da dum dum!

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