The iconic rapper JAY-Z, known for his candid lyrics about his past in the drug trade, has placed his former “stash spot” in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill neighborhood on the market for $1.4 million.
As reported by the esteemed New York Post, JAY-Z resided in apartment 10c at 560 State St. between 1996 and 1997. This address was immortalized in his hit track “Empire State of Mind,” where he famously raps: “I used to cop in Harlem, all of my Dominicanos/ Right there up on Broadway, pull me back to that McDonald’s/ Took it to my stash spot, 560 State Street/ Catch me in the kitchen like a Simmons with them pastries.”
In 2019, JAY-Z returned to this now-gentrified property and became overwhelmed with emotions as he reflected on his troubled past as a young drug dealer. Despite residing in that apartment, he realized that his conscience was unsettled and made the decision to let go of the street life and focus on his true passion: music.
“This is what I love to do,” he expressed. “If I had the choice to be successful in the streets or successful in making music, it would be making music.”
He further added, “So let me treat it like that and give it my all. And when I did, success came knocking on my door.”
The listed unit features an open layout comprising a spacious living room, a dining area, and a convenient powder room on the first level. According to the Post, the primary bedroom boasts a king-size bed and a generously-sized custom closet. Additionally, the second bedroom offers versatility and can function as a bedroom, nursery, or home office.
Notably, the building itself presents a secluded 6,000-square-foot shared courtyard that includes an outdoor kitchen with sinks, a refrigerator, and a gas-fired barbecue pit. This communal space provides residents with a serene and well-equipped outdoor oasis.