The Story Behind the Stories You Loved This Year: Jay-Z Meets an Adorable Old Lady on the Subway

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Jay-Z Rides the Subway, Adorably Explains Who He Is to an Adorable Old Lady

Originally Published: Dec. 4, 6:50 p.m.

Total Pageviews: 1,218,168

Posted by: Rich Juzwiak

The Backstory, from Rich Juzwiak:

I had spent the greater part of the day researching and writing at length about Ke$ha. I was vaguely aware of a Jay-Z documentary about his 8-show Barclays stint but I didn't have time to check it out. Emma reminded me toward the end of the day.

Emma: just watch that train convo
me: I'm right on top of that, Rose!
Emma: it's almost worth doing it's so adorable
me: Ooh nice
I will do it...
Emma: i mean, you decide
i think it's adorable

I excerpted that 50 seconds, threw it in our player, linked to the original, collaborated with Emma on the headline, and banged out a paragraph. The entire post took me less than 20 minutes and it received probably 10 times more traffic than anything I've done for Gawker by a lot. I'm still way prouder of the Ke$ha piece, though.

Adorable.

To revisit the time Jay-Z and Ellen Grossman won over the world, click here.