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Shawn Carter, better known to fans as ‘Jay-Z’ sat down next to kind older woman on the New York subway where the two engaged in a pleasant conversation. The megastars encounter with the woman, who is identified as Ellen Grossman, has since been uploaded and become a viral hit.
Jay-Z was in the process of filming his documentary, Jay-Z’s Life and Times: Where I’m From when he opted to take the subway instead of riding in a limo. After numerous fans hurried in attempt to snap a photo of the rapper, Jay-Z took a spot next to Grossman, Telegraph reports.
Grossman, unaware of exactly who she was sitting next to at the time, asked the “Hustler” singer, “Are you famous?” The famous father-musician reportedly replied, “Not that famous. You don't know me. But I'll get there some day." He reportedly introduced himself as “Jay.”
He went to explain that he just finished a handful of concerts at the Barclays Center.
It wasn’t long after that Grossman soon realized exactly who this “Jay” she was sitting next to is. "Oh! You're Jay-Z! I know about Jay-Z!" she replied.
According to Washington Post, Grossman is a 67-year-old New York resident who is an artist.
She explains to the Post that Jay-Z looked “stressed” upon boarding the subway, and when he realized she wasn’t a crazed fan, he began to relax. “When I said, ‘Are you famous?’ he looked kind of relieved... that it was a safe spot. Not to imply that his fans were threatening; just overwhelming.”
Check out the fantastic encounter in the video below: