Article originally posted at Mashable.com
It's already the most amazing thing ever that Jay-Z rides the subway to and from his Brooklyn concerts at the Barclays Center with the rest of us peasant straphangers, but it helps even more when little old ladies can't figure out what all the hubbub is about.
Captured in a documentary about the artist extraordinaire -- Where I'm From -- Hova jumps on the train at Canal Street, sits down in one of those traffic cone orange bucket seats and gets asked by a sweet woman "Are you famous?"
"Yes. Not very famous. You don't know me," Jay responds. "I'll get there someday."
Clearly Jay-Z should've led with "I'm Beyonce's hubby and Blue Ivy's daddy" because we all know those are really the celebs of the family.
But little did Jay-Z know he was in the presence of a true New York star; the little old lady was noted New York artist Ellen Grossman.
She later told Daily Intel that she thought either there was a disaster that caused the commotion on the train or at least a flash mob.
But once Grossman realized she was chatting it up with a legend of sorts, she told him "I'm proud of you." (And we all held our breath for her to make that triangle Hova sign.)
All in all, Grossman said she really enjoyed her subway experience (which might be a first).
"I loved it! It was very energizing talking to Jay-Z. Just who he is, not having to do with all the cameras, but he really, genuinely spreads an aura of empowerment around him," she told Daily Intel. "And I suspect he was always able to do that even before fame. It's not just directed at younger people. I picked up that feeling, too."
So did we Ellen, so did we.