Sweet old lady meets Jay-Z on the Subway, but doesn’t have a clue who he is…
Written by Melanie Vare+
On Jay-Z’s 43rd birthday, yesterday, a mini-documentary was released about his 8-show stint that opened Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in September. A highlight of “Where I’m From” occurs when Jay takes the subway en route to his last show and sits next to a kind-faced older woman named ‘Ellen’ who has no idea who the f*** she’s talking to.
It’s all good though, because he doesn’t know the names of any of the old white people in the Oscars Memoriam reel either (nor do we).
But—wait—there’s a fun twist to this story! It turns out that the ‘little old lady’ is an accomplished artist herself. Ellen Grossman is not a rapper, but a visual artist—and a bad a$$ one at that! In 2011 she was given a grant called the “New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award for Drawings.” Her work’s got a cool edge to it.
So there you go. Humble Jay-Z thought the joke was on her, but it was on him too—double whammy! In the end, this story is simply about two NY artists catching a train together.
Let’s hear it for New York, New York, New York
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