‘Picasso Baby’ is a song by American hip hop artist Jay-Z from his twelfth studio album Magna Carta… Holy Grail. It is the second track on the album and features additional vocals by The-Dream and Zofia Borucka Moreno. The song was produced by Timbaland and Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon and contains a sample of “Sirens” by Adrian Younge. Following the release of the album, the song peaked at number 91 on the Billboard Hot 100 based on downloads only.
‘Picasso Baby’ has a lot of references to popular artists such as Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Jeff Koons, Francis Bacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Andy Warhol, as well as world-famous painting Mona Lisa.
The music video for the song, titled ‘Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film‘ was shot on July 10, 2013, at the Pace Gallery in New York City. The video, directed by Mark Romanek, was inspired by the work of performance artist Marina Abramović and in particular by her 2010 installation ‘The Artist Is Present’. The shoot was attended by director Judd Apatow, rapper Wale and artistLaurie Simmons, among many other ‘important figures from the gallery and sales side of fine art.’ On August 2, 2013, the music video premiered on HBO at 11 p.m. EST.
Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film was nominated for Best Music Video at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Rolling Stone ranked ‘Picasso Baby’ at number 19, on their list of the 100 Best Songs of 2013, calling it “the standout track from Jay Z’s lackluster ‘Magna Carta… Holy Grail’.
JAY Z ‘Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film.’ Directed by Mark Romanek
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