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article imageJay-Z releases 'Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film'

By Layne Weiss     Aug 3, 2013 in Entertainment
New York - Friday night, rapper Jay-Z debuted his highly anticipated short film "Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film" on HBO. The film was met with rave reviews.
Just short of 11 minutes long, the film chronicles Hov's performance of the song "Picasso Baby" off his album "Magna Carta Holy Grail", Studio43 reports.
The film was directed by Mark Romanek, who also directed Jay-Z's "99 Problems" video and Michael Jackson's "Scream" video.
"Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film" begins with Jay-Z explaining the concept of the "Picasso Baby" video as well as his thoughts on hiphop as performance art," MTV News reports.
"We're artists. We're cousins," Hov says. He explains that with this video he's "bringing the world back together." He continues, "I try not to have any expectations going into a performance."
Set at the Milk Studios in NYC, Jay-Z performs on a platform while closely interacting with fans and other artists, Hypebeast reports. He even steps off stage to allow others to showcase their own skills. Notable names in the crowd included Jemima Kirk, Judd Apatow, and Alan Cumming among others.
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