This is big news.
I'm not so crazy about Jay Z, me, but I love me some Mary J. I don't care what they're saying about her... girl can throw down.
Witness this performance at the "American Idol" season finale in 2006, with your boy Elliott Yamin:
She not only schools Yamin — which is understandable — but she absolutely lays down the law on territory that was once U2's. Not anymore. I'll never think of that song in the same way.
It brings to mind "All Along the Watchtower," the tune originally written by Bob Dylan but which was completely subverted by Jimi Hendrix' interpretation.
Dylan said of Jimi's jam: "Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it's a tribute to him in some kind of way."
And here's some more interesting crap: On the song's Wikipedia page there are samples by Dylan and Hendrix, of course, but also by... U2.
Nice try, fellas. Nice hats, too. Did you guys always dress for impromptu songwriting sessions on the tour bus?
Not so crazy about U2, either.