Jay-Z Now So Old His "Nom De Rap" Will Refer to A Defunct Subway Line
Somewhere Big Third Avenue El is shaking his head in commiseration. Proposed total cuts in service to both the W and Z lines have New Yorkers understandably appalled, but leave it the New York Times to write the whimsical, "what will happen to Shawn Carter's rap name now?" article. They even venture a replacement alias:
- Unclear is the effect the death of the subway lines may have on Shawn Carter, the hip-hop performer better known as Jay-Z. It has been said that his nom de rap is in part a tribute to the J and Z trains running through Bedford-Stuyvesant, his boyhood neighborhood in Brooklyn. With the Z going, now what? While we're at it, what would he have called himself had he grown up in Chelsea or Hell's Kitchen -- A-C-E?
Jaz-O is somewhere right now shaking his head at being written out of history once again, but the point stands. In a few more years, "Jay-Z" will be about as meaningful a name to a Brooklyn teenager as "Bumpy Johnson" is to kids up in Harlem right now. Tribeca, where Jay-Z now does live (not sure about that whole rappers growing up in Chelsea thing) actually has multiple subway lines. Not that Jay takes any of them. Young Livery Cab, maybe.