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Jay-Z turns performance artist

Jay-Z has rapping down to a fine art, and he proved it to the world yesterday when he spent six hours as a musical installation in a New York Art gallery.

For six hours non-stop, the rapper performed his new track, the aptly titled Picasso Baby, at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea.

The song, from his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail (which has already gone platinum), name-checks a slew of famous artists, such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci.


At one point, Jay invited performance artist Marina Abramovic to join him as he lip-sync serenaded her with lyrics like ‘surrounded by Warhols, my whole team ball, twin Buggattis outside the Art Basel, I just wanna live life colossal, Leonardo Da Vinci flows, Riccardo Tisci Givenchy clothes, see me throning at the Met’.

Cameras surrounded the mini-concert, leading to speculation that it will be turned into a music video.

Other sure-fire hit singles from Magna Carta Holy Grail include Somewhereinamerica and Tom Ford. And anyone heading to Wireless this weekend will get to hear them performed by the man himself, as Jay-Z takes to the stage on Saturday night and again on Sunday alongside Justin Timberlake.

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