Today I popped into the filming of a docu-music video for Jay-Z’s new song “Picasso Baby” from his ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ album. My invite came from Salon 94 (via Leslie Hewitt), and described the concept as:
“The audience will be a cross-section of the New York art and cultural world. Some will have an opportunity for a one on one experience with Jay, and vice-versa, while he repeatedly raps the same song (Picasso Baby) over the course of 6 hours. The performance is an experimental and collaborative one, where rap’s own history with endurance and duration will be at play.”
I was intrigued so I attended at the half-way mark and have to admit that the energy level from the audience (filled with art folks from Sanford Biggers and Jerry Saltz to music/film folk like Wale and Taraji P Henson), was electric.
Mr. Carter may not be a lot of things, but you can’t deny his performance skills and his ability to engage the most unlikely people. A highlight while I was there (he repeated Picasso Baby about 4 times), was when the dance whiz Storyboard P arrived at the same time as Fab Five Freddy and did some magical improv moves.
Another highlight was meeting my Chicago hometown heroes/CFDA star designer duo Chris and Shane from Creatures of the Wind.
Just your typical Wednesday in NYC I suppose.