A few years ago, art icon Marina Abramović lifted the performance-art world to a broader audience with “The Artist Is Present.” I’m simplifying here, but she sat quietly at a table in a white room for a long time. Her audience, one by one, sat across from her and looked her right in the eyes.
Now Jay Z is offering his take, pushing himself and hip-hop as a whole into new territory. I see this video as a gateway drug into different cultures. What do you think — did it work?