Need Jay-Z remind us that "Money ain't a thing?"
And he's get proof in the receipts!
After accusing rapper Jay-Z of trying to get her for the okie-doke, artist Marina Abramovic might be eating her words. Earlier it was reported that the performance artist that helped inspire the visuals behind Jigga''s 2013 'Picasso Baby' video revealed to Spike Magazine that she felt shorted by Jay. According to Marina, her 'Art is Present' exhibit was adapted by the rapper as the creative concept for his video under the condition that he'd donate to her institute, however, after the video was complete, she felt stiffed by Jay:
I am very pissed... since [Jay-Z] adapted my work only under one condition: that he would help my institute. Which he didn’t.
[I was] totally used and came out with nothing. It’s very unfair and in the end it was only a one-way transaction.I will never do it again, that I can say. Never!
However, the 68 year old Serbian artist might want to redirect her anger to her Hudson New York institute, who did in fact receive a donation from the mega mogul- and a big one at that. Soon after Marina's interview went viral, the video producer for Jay's "Picasso Baby," Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, read the receipt number off for the rather large donation, which he received shortly after Jay cut the check following the video's completion.
Listed as receipt number: W984804, there was even a note attached from the 'Marina Abramovic Institute' thanking the rapper for his "generous contribution." As for the reason why to Marina did not know this for the past two years, it was simply because the Institute failed to tell her. They wrote in a statement:
“Marina Abramovic was not informed of Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter’s donation from two years ago when she recently did an interview with Spike Magazine in Brazil. We are sincerely sorry to both Marina Abramovic and Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter for this, and since then we have taken to appropriate actions to reconcile this matter.”
Well that's awkward...and embarrassing. Not to mention weird. We are handing out a thousand side eyes to the institute for receiving such a large donation without informing Maria.
Many were skeptical before but this might just be the proof in the pudding to prove that there could possibly be a campaign in favor of ruining Mr. Carter's good name.
What are your thoughts- coincidence or plot?