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JAY-Z RIDES THE SUBWAY AND HAS A DELIGHTFUL CHAT WITH AN OLDER LADY WHO HAS NO IDEA WHO HE IS (1743 hits)

HUFFINGTON POST, December 5, 2012 -- For all the swagger that pours from his lyrics, Jay-Z sure comes across as a nice guy when he rides the subway.

In a brief segment a minute documentary about the artist's involvement in building Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Jay-Z rides the subway to his eighth and final show at the arena.


The fact that Jay-Z opted for the R train over his Maybach may be shocking in itself, but it gets better: While on the train, he meets "Ellen," a charming older woman who chats with the superstar for a bit. And seriously, she has no idea who he is so he very patiently explains what he does for a living. "I make music," he says. Apparently surprised by Jay's choice of transportation, Ellen soon lets loose those four words we all secretly crave from a parental figure: "I'm proud of you."


Ellen: Are you famous?


Jay: Yes. Not very famous, you don't know me.


Ellen: I don't know you, but...


Jay: But I'll get there some day.


Jay: My name is Jay. What's your name?


Ellen: Ellen. What do you do?


Jay: I make music.


Ellen: Did you just do a performance?


Jay: I'm on my way to the performance at the new Brooklyn arena.


Ellen: Oh, fabulous!


Jay: I performed eight shows, actually... This is the last show.


Ellen: And you're going by subway?


Jay: Yes.


Ellen: I'm proud of you. Say your name again, just so I get it.


Jay: Jay. Jay Z


Ellen: Oh, you're Jay-Z! I know about Jay-Z.


[Shared laughter]


According to the Washington Post, the "older lady" Jay-Z chats with in the video is none other than Ellen Grossman, a prominent fixture in the New York art scene.
Reached for comment by The New York Times, Grossman said she credits her sudden celebrity status to the otherwise negative world around us. “I think the world is in the mood for a sweet, old lady,” she said.
Posted By: Richard Kigel
Friday, December 7th 2012 at 4:03PM
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Cute!!!

Just another day in Brooklyn.

Friday, December 7th 2012 at 4:03PM
Richard Kigel
(Smile)
Friday, December 7th 2012 at 10:53PM
Siebra Muhammad
Yeah...sweet!!!
Friday, December 7th 2012 at 11:02PM
Richard Kigel
Yes that was Cute............I bet her grand or greatgrand would of known who he was.......
Saturday, December 8th 2012 at 8:06PM
Right, Charmell--and she even had to admit that she had heard of him--although she wasn't too sure what exactly he does for a living.

I love how humble and respectful he was to her. Good man!!!
Saturday, December 8th 2012 at 8:10PM
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