Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Jay Z Talks to Little Old Lady on the Train "Are you famous?"

This 25 minute documentary posted on Jay Z's site gives you a close look at his mindset and process during the opening of the Barclay's Center in his beloved Brooklyn. The  street hustler turned hip hop mogul had a birthday yesterday. At the age of 43 he is easily one of the most recognizable hip hop figures of all time, so he was probably caught off guard when this little old lady on the train asked him a very simple question- "Are you famous?"

It was so cute as Jay Z surrounded by fans and security rode the train to Barclays. Must have been humbling for Jay to ride the train along with his fellow New Yorkers and also to have a little woman unimpressed by his it seemed.

The footage shows Jay Z preparing with his band, and highlights the whole journey with Jay's narration. Jay Z put on an incredible show everyday for a week to celebrate the grand opening of the stadium. It was really a great moment for him. Check out the documentary below.

When the media caught up to the little lady, this is what she had to say about meeting Jay:

“I was on a fairly sparsely populated subway car, and I was sitting in the corner, at Canal Street, a surge of people got on, and since my son was in the buildings on 9/11, my first reaction was that there had been a disaster upstairs. But everyone was laughing and smiling. My second reaction was, ‘Oh there’s a flash mob.’
“They were filming this one guy that I didn’t recognize, which is why I said, ‘Are you famous?’ As the conversation evolved, I realized, 'He’s really famous!'So I said, ‘What was your name again?’ When he finally said Jay-Z, it clicked. “I thought about R&B … rap, that music, which I listen to occasionally because I want to be in touch.”
“It was very energizing talking to Jay-Z. Just who he is, not having to do with all the cameras, but he really, genuinely spreads an aura of empowerment around him, and I suspect he was always able to do that even before fame. It’s not just directed at younger people. I picked up that feeling, too.”

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