Published Mar 23, 2010Jay-Z's influence on hip-hop and pop culture over the last two decades is undeniable. One of Jay-Z's biggest influences is the city of New York. After growing up in Brooklyn's Marcy Projects, the rap star and business mogul hasn't forgotten the city that made him a star. To celebrate the city, Jay-Z is the subject of a new online film called NY-Z.
The black and white film follows Jay as he prepares for the benefit concert he performed at New York's Madison Square Garden on September 11, 2009. Director Danny Clinch says that while the film does look at the technical aspects of preparing for the performance (which featured guest spots from Kanye West, Beyoncé, Rihanna and Mary J. Blige), the film was "really about celebrating New York through Jay-Z's eyes and exploring the notion that you have truly 'arrived' as a performer when you are playing at the Garden."
NY-Z was released by Absolut Vodka, who also produced Spike Jonze's recent I'm Here film. The 15-minute short is available online now for free, and can be streamed below.