July 10th, 2013
09:18 PM ET
In the midst of Jay-Z's "Magna Carter Holy Grail" press blitz, the boundary-busting rapper became a live art installation at New York's Pace Gallery. On Wednesday, the artist performed a "MCHG" song, "Picasso Baby," in front of an audience for six hours straight, according to Complex magazine.
In other surprising news, the rapper has been a supportive defender of Miley Cyrus' dance moves, not only in his music but in interviews as well. On Twitter, he praised 20-year-old Cyrus for being "an old world's worst nightmare," and also stood up for the singer/actress on New York's Hot 97.
"Miley's serious, I like what she's doing right now. She's fearless," Jay told Hot 97's Angie Martinez in a wide-ranging interview.
That response solves the riddle of what exactly Jay meant when he decided to rap, "twerk, Miley Miley, twerk" on "Magna Carta Holy Grail." It was clear that he was entering into the debate that Cyrus, with her now infamous twerking video, has stirred, but it wasn't clear what side of the argument he was taking.
"I think it's more a reaction to people [who] want her to be Hannah Montana," Jay continued. "Just watching the situation, people want her to be something, and she's like, 'I'm not that.' ... That must be really frustrating, and this is her reaction to it. Of course, maybe it's loud, but it's understandable."
Should Cyrus ever want to join Roc Nation, "there's room on the roster," he said.
As far as his own work, Jay said that his future is lined with tours, and there's also a possibility that we'll see him re-team with Kanye West for a sequel to "Watch the Throne."
About West's newest album, "Yeezus," Jay once again found himself defending someone who often gets caught in the public's crosshairs.
"I love it. It's polarizing, because it's art," he said. "That's what art is. It forces you to have an opinion. What's good for the genre is it pushes it forward."
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