Jay-Z performs "Picasso Baby" for six hours at New York art gallery - Reverb

Jay-Z performs “Picasso Baby” for six hours at New York art gallery

We've listed the top 10 best Jay-Z songs. Photo by Chad Batka, The New York Times.

Jay-Z performed “Picasso Baby” for six hours in New York. Photo by Chad Batka, The New York Times.

In his new song “Picasso Baby,” Jay-Z mentions a number of artists besides the title honoree, including Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Leonardo De Vinci and Jeff Koons.

It’s fitting then, that this song was the one he chose to rap for six hours straight Wednesday. Jay-Z performed pieces of the song continuously at the Pace Gellery in New York City, singing to a live audience and often bringing people from the crowd to dance with him or pose for pictures while he performed. Different crowds of people were ushered in and out of the room every hour and a half.

Judd Apatow, artist Laurie Simmons and “Girls” actor Adam Driver all stopped by to see the show, as well as famous performance artist Marina Abramovic. Diana Widmaier Picasso, the artist’s actual granddaughter, sat down in front of Jay-Z for a few lines too.

The event is reportedly being filmed for an upcoming music video, presumingly for “Picasso Baby.” You can also read a first person play-by-play of the performance from Vuture here.

And where was wifey Beyonce at the time? Performing her own show in Miami, unfortunately.

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Kelsey Fowler is currently studying nothing music-related at Ithaca College. Help keep her in the loop on Twitter.

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  • The Batty Protector

    Is that a dude Jay-Z is serenading in that video? WTF?!!!