Commuters were pleasantly surprised on Saturday evening to spot rap superstar, Jay-Z, on a London Underground South bound jubilee line service on his way to the 02 for his sold-out concert.
He is said to be worth $475m (£300m) and a whole lot more if his wealth is combined with his wife’s, Bey, so Jay-Z could have taken a cab from his hotel at Waterloo to the 02 at Greenwich but he chose to take the tube.
He was accompanied by Coldplay’s Chris Martin and the producer and performer Timbaland. Now, those two are not struggling financially either.
According to a Guardian report, Jay-Z demonstrated a worrying lack of knowledge of underground etiquettes: He did not keep his eyes focused on the floor and keep quiet throughout the journey. Instead the rapper interacted with fans, talking and looking around the carriage before alighting at his stop.
It is also not known if he paid for the journey by himself or was allowed the travel free by the London Underground management on personal recognisance but fans were delighted, and Twitter user, aminott4, played it cool, tweeting: “Casually getting on a train with Jay Z, Chris Martin, and Timbaland,” adding a picture a picture of the trio mixing in with the crowds.
He might be following in the footsteps of his protégé, Rihanna, who has been spotted taking the tube to her concerts at the 02 on several occasions.
AlwaysRocNation – named after Jay Z’s record label – posted: “Jay Z, Chris Martin and Timbaland took the tube to the O2 Arena tonight!,” while Maverick_AC wrote: “It’s cool when JAY Z, Chris Martin and Timbaland get on the tube at Waterloo for tonight’s O2 gig.”
As if travelling with Jay-Z, Chris Martin and Timbaland on the tube wasn’t lucky enough for, Transport for London confirmed there were no disruptions to the Jubilee line on Saturday evening.