Modern day Pablo? If you didn't think so before, now you will.
Jay Z premiered his performance art piece for "Picasso Baby" last night, directed by Mark Romanek — a never before seen take on a traditional music video with Jay performing the song for 6 hours at a museum in New York to create the final product.
To see the final product now, it illustrates truly how extraordinary the somewhat ordinary concept sounded like on paper. It was hard to envision Jay performing the same song 6 hours in the same space. What are they going to do differently for that long?
Well, it's the people that make this video. Jay performs the song to seemingly every individual in the building one-on-one. And every individual is just that... an individual. There are so many authentic and different personalities on display that the energy and interaction between Jay and them feels so real... and surreal. It's Jay Z with your everyday artist, dancer, or Judd Apatow or Rosie Perez, ha!
Needless to say, this a must-see as I marveled at this on first watch. I really appreciate the #newrules and new creative ideas for this art piece that is truly innovational. Props, Hov! (I know you're reading this.) *TIBS FAV.
Also last night, Jay's interview with Bill Maher. Amongst the topics discussed: the new album, Harry Belafonte's criticism, wanting to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and more.
A few fun Jay Z news tidbits to report, centering around the release of "Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film". That's right, a performance art film. ICYMI, Jay Z did a live performance of "Picasso Baby" for six hours at the Pace Gallery in NYC earlier in July (an announced during the day #newrules moment).
Well, with the release of the trailer today also comes news of how Jay Z is going to put out the final product: on HBO. It will air on August 2nd at 11pm, with Hov making an appearance on Bill Maher right before at 10.
One more tidbit: Jay Z met Mark Zuckerberg today (and this happens to be the one photo from the event...) I now am looking forward to the new Facebook app that demands all of my personal information shares new Jay Z music.
Mark Zuckerberg and Jay Z, likely talking to people who make less money than them