Published Jul 10, 2013Magna Carta Holy Grail's art history overload has taken the set's "Picasso Baby" to the Pace Gallery in New York, where Jay-Z's currently performing the song for six hours straight.
Hova hit the gallery earlier today (July 10) and is being filmed spitting the song over a six-hour stretch. The whole thing is reportedly being filmed for a music video, and this may be one of the "6 pieces of art" the rapper hinted at during a Twitter Q&A with fans earlier this week.
You can see an Instagram video of the performance down below.
The National made a similar move earlier this year by performing their High Violet track "Sorrow" for six hours straight at New York's MoMA PS1. That said, Jay-Z's no stranger to repetition, having played "Niggas in Paris" back to back into the dozens during the Watch the Throne tour with Kanye West.
"Picasso Baby" includes a number of nods to the art world, referencing Pablo Picasso (obviously), Mark Rothko, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Leonardo Da Vinci, while namedropping galleries like the MoMA, the Louvre, the Tate Modern, and more.
UPDATE: As The Fader reports, Jay-Z is indeed using the performance for a new "docu-music video," which is being directed by Mark Romanek ("99 Problems"). Performance artist Marina Abramović stopped by the gallery earlier to film a routine with Jay-Z.
UPDATE 2: You can also now watch some more footage below via Miss Info.