Jay-Z is a yoga fool! Well, sorta…we flipped out over the J-man mentioning yoga on his new album. Turns out he’s still a little mat shy, BUT tip-toeing ever so close to attempting the downward facing dog thanks to social activist songster and Mr. Gwynnie Paltrow, Chris Martin! You may have heard Jiggaman was just on a mini UK stadium tour with Sir Martin and his schmaltz-rock band Coldplay — apparently it was epic! But not as random as it sounds. Oh sure, Jay-Z and Chris M have had a musical mudhra for a while, guesting on each other’s tracks (“Lost+”, “Beach Chair”), but is the partnership transitioning into a yo-mance? Jay-Z had this to say about his own workout regimen, and general awe of Mr. Gwyneth’s boundless energy:
“I try and work out four times a week – cardio, weights, push ups, pull ups – but I haven’t for a month because of vacation and touring.
“Chris hasn’t tried to get me to do yoga yet but I am close to doing it. I’m envious of what he can do on stage. Watching him is amazing, he can really move. I want to be able to move like that, get my leg behind my ear, things like that.”
What a tease! We really thought Russell Simmons had gotten through to him already. We should’ve guessed it would take the gentle powers of coercion from an altruistic tea and krumpets troubadour. And you know what, we’re totally cool with this – Jay-Z’s turning the big 4-0 this year and we’d love to see him publicly embrace yoga as much as we love seeing embrace other genre’s of music. Just try to draw the line there ok Jay? We really only need one man sporting 80s-infused marching band fashion. thanks.
UPDATE: This is for Bob!
Earlier…Hova Does Yoga: Jay-Z Tunes out the Haters on New Album
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Yogadork, I love it when you write stuff like: “You may have heard Jiggaman was just on a mini UK stadium tour with Sir Martin and his schmaltz-rock band…”
It makes me laugh because you’re giving some of us a lot more credit than we deserve for being up on all the latest music.
Blame it on my sons. They’re both musicians in NYC, but Joey is deeply into klezmer, Balkan, Gypsy and all manner of other crazy Eastern European stuff with wierd key signatures (see http://joeyweisenberg.com/ for samples.) And Sam is into his own singer/songwriter thing and doesn’t keep me informed about Jay-Z and Coldplay and the likes.
Oh, and then there’s my daughter, Jenny. But she’s into Mozart operas. So she’s no help either. (That’s my fault. We started watching them together when she was five.)
So I’m relying on you to keep me informed.
haha… Bob, see the video update for you 🙂
and here’s the shmaltz: “Fix You” by Coldplay.. enjoy!
Great article on Chris Martin and Jay Z! Love the youtube video too! Always looking for new and fun music to play during yoga and fun to hear what celebs are saying about yoga! Thanks.
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