A couple of years ago, two messes of music hooked up with performance artiste Marina Abramović on projects, because I guess they wanted the HIGH ART cred. Marina worked with Jay-Z and Lady CaCa, and while she had good things to say about CaCa, she really didn’t have anything good to say about Blue Ivy Carter’s father. I hope that when the Illuminati comes for Marina for exposing their king, they decide to settle their beef with a staring contest, because she’d totally win that one.
Marina tells Spike Art Magazine that Jay came to her 2 years ago about adapting her work The Artist Is Present for his video for Picasso Baby. Some people stamped the word “SELLOUT” on Marina’s forehead for taking part in the video and she tells Spike Art that she only did it because Jay Z promised to help her build her art institute. But when the video (which took over 6 hours to film and included more damn cameos than the Bad Blood video) was done, he dropped her like he was Leonardo DiCatchAHo and she was a Victoria’s Secret model who just turned 25. Jay Z got what he wanted and didn’t even pay her with a fart.
“I am very pissed by this, since he adapted my work only under one condition: that he would help my institute. Which he didn’t.
The day before [the video shoot], he came to my office and I gave him an entire power point presentation and said: okay, you can help me, because I really need help to build this thing. Then he just completely used me. And that wasn’t fair. This is very different from Lady Gaga, for example, who has done great work for me. Just by having 45 million followers, she brought all these young kids into my public.”
Marina says that everyone involved in the shoot was completely used by Jay Z and they all walked away with nothing.
“And in the end it was only a one-way transaction. I will never do it again, that I can say. Never. I was really naive in this kind of world. It was really new to me, and I had no idea that this would happen. It’s so cruel, it’s incredible. I will stay away from it for sure.”
This is exactly why you should always follow the hooker’s rulebook or Judge Judy’s advice when doing a business transaction with anyone. Either get that cash upfront or make them sign a binding contract. If you’re going to suffer for over 6 hours by standing while watching Jay Z rap to a track in some gallery, you should make him promise that he’s going to drop a bag of gold coins into your donation box by signing his name in blood.
On two positive notes, at least Jay Z gave her credit instead of doing it Beyonce-style. And at least this video came out PT (pre-Tidal). Because if it came out now, Marina would have to pay a goddamn Tidal subscription fee to watch the video that she helped create.