Jay-Z has a new fan. When the Watch The Throne rapper took the train to his sold out show at the Barclays Center in October, he sat next to a 67-year-old woman.
Their conversation made it into Jay’s documentary, and she while she didn’t quite know who Jay-Z was then, she’s a big fan now. The woman, identified as artist Ellen Grossman, talked about the experience to NY Mag:
“I was on a fairly sparsely populated subway car, and I was sitting in the corner,” she explained. “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?’” she recalled. “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,” she gushed. “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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SOURCE: NY Mag