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Jay Z - Picasso Baby shoot. (July 2013)

How did you decide what you were going to do when you were in there?
I didn’t! I just responded to what he was giving. You know it’s funny because you’re being observed and you’re also observing and then suddenly you’re trying to block everything out. He has such a strong connection with language that it’s hard to focus on anything else. And part of why he’s so good is because he’s so vulnerable. So when someone is giving you that much vulnerability, it’s a very brave, very bold.

It was kind of a competition there of who was going to crack first.
Yeah, I think he won.

Is there one word you would use to describe Jay Z?
That’s almost impossible because he’s so good. I would say perseverance—no, that’s terrible. Sounds like a drink in a 7-Eleven. It’s impossible!