Jay-Z accused of being a time traveller

A photo from 1930s New York of a man bearing a striking resemblance to the rapper has been found

Jay-Z has been accused of being a time traveller because of a newly discovered photo from 1939 taken in Harlem, New York, of a man who bears a striking resemblance to the hip-hop star.

The picture, which you can see above, was posted on the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center blog and features a man in a flat cap who looks a lot like Jay-Z leaning against a railing. Reddit and Buzzfeed both reposted the picture, jokingly asking if Jay-Z is either a time traveller or a vampire.

The Schomburg Center blog posted the picture next to the caption:

Does the man on the right remind you of someone? Perhaps it was his great-grandfather taking a break in Harlem in 1939. The photographer, we know for sure, was Sid Grossman. If you can put a (real) name on the young man, let us know.

The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann recently praised Jay-Z‘s work on the new film’s soundtrack by insisting that he “totally nailed” it. Luhrmann recruited the rapper as the executive producer of the soundtrack album – a role which saw him oversee the film’s score, which features contributions from the likes of Lana Del Rey, The xx, Jack White, BeyoncĂ© and OutKast’s Andre 3000.

In an interview with MTV, the filmmaker said: “He totally nailed that the book was aspirational,” he added. “That the book was really about, if you’ve got a cause, you can move towards a green light. That you don’t reach it isn’t the point; that you aspire is.”