“You Make Yourself Art!” Watch Jay Z’s Performance Art Piece For “Picasso Baby”

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August 3, 2013 ‐ By Drenna Armstrong

If there’s one word I can use to describe Jay Z, it would be…charming.

Friday night, HBO premiered Jay Z’s “short film” for his song, “Picasso Baby.”  In the beginning, Jay discusses how he believes concerts are “pretty much performance art” with different venues.  He goes to explain that by doing the video for “Picasso Baby” at a small venue like Pace Gallery in New York City, he’s able to have an exchange of energy between the crowd and himself.

As the performance starts and continues, you get to see Jay interact with different people in the crowd – both young and old.  In some capacity, almost everyone who comes face to face with him throughout the song is some type of artist, whether it be a singer, dancer, actor, designer or anything else you can think of.

There are a few people who stand out like actor Michael K. Williams from The Wire, actress Taraji P. Henson (who is clearly a Jay Z fan) and actress/activist Rosie Perez. By the way, Rosie is still as fly as she was back in the 80s.  There were also appearances by Wale, Alan Cumming, Cynthia Rowley and Fab Five Freddy.

Check it out and let us know what you think! Did you expect more?

 

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  • Tee Elyse

    Upset because I missed it! Hopefully, it’s On Demand, so I’ll be able to see it… love Jay, been a fan since the beginning, he’s always doing something different, and I respect that!

  • bluekissess

    I really enjoyed it. It seem fun and original. It also showed a level of respect from fellow artist. It takes alot of time and creativity for something like this. That doesn’t really happen with entertainers today

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