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August 2, 2013


For everyone without HBO, Jay Z’s 10 minute performance art short film is now available on his official YouTube channel for free.

Directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo and music videos for Weezer and Johnny Cash), the short finds Hova at MOMA the Pace Gallery in New York singing a piece from his latest album Magna Carta Holy Grail and waxing philosophical about art and rap.

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  • smokecrackworshipsatan

    Old white men is runnin’ this rap shit
    Corporate force is runnin this rap shit
    A tall Israeli is runnin this rap shit
    We poke out our asses for a chance to cash in
    Cocaine, is runnin this rap shit
    Dro, ‘gnac and E-pills is runnin this rap shit

    The rape over, turn your face over nigga
    No god in disguise — it’s me, game over
    Hey lil souljahs is you ready for war?
    But don’t ask what you’re fighting for
    They thought that you sur–vived the gunfight, the drama, the stress
    You get in the line of fire we get the big ass cheques
    You gettin your choice of pimp
    Make your choice and fall in
    This is ho stroll B I, take that cock in your behind, Beatch
    Hit the streets and perform for us
    Hold hard and bring it on to us, fucker
    I let you sip cups of Army, get a Mercedes
    And kick back and let you pay me, my Mack is crazy
    I leave the, knife and fist fight filled with glamour
    Yeah, take a picture with this platinum-plated sledgehammer
    We over-do it add the fire and explosion to it
    We’re sow confusion — we run rap music

    MTV, is runnin this rap shit
    Viacom is runnin this rap shit
    AOL and Time Warner runnin this rap shit
    We poke out our asses for a chance to cash in
    Cocaine, is runnin this rap shit
    Hennessey, is runnin this rap shit
    Quasi-homosexuals is runnin this rap shit

    Watch out we run the world

    That’s it

  • Gigi

    This was filmed at Pace Gallery in NYC, NOT the MoMA

  • smokecrackUSA

    As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture,[2][3] the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), andGuernica (1937), a portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.

    Uhh, yeah
    Won’t stop niggaz
    “Somehow the rap game remind me of the crack game”
    Jigga! Feel me
    People, told ya motherfuckers, told ya
    “See that rap shit is really just like sellin smoke”
    Uhh, Roc-a-Fella

    We treat this rap shit just like, handlin weight
    What they want we give it to em, what they abandon we take
    Hit a rapper with consignment, let him know it’s at stake
    Put his ass in the studio, let him cook up a cake
    When it’s hot, get on my money spot in every state

  • Rob Boylan

    Thanks for the heads up.