Rumors have been flying around Twitter today that Jay-Z would be playing a surprise "secret show" in the heart of Bushwick this afternoon. Various outlets tweeted and reported that Jay-Z would perform before the VMA's at 421 Troutman Street along with Justin Timberlake and Beyonce, which sounded pretty far-fetched to us, but who knows, Jay-Z is into weird stuff these days. It's been a couple hours, and Revolt TV has retracted their initial announcement, but hundreds of people have been crowded there just in case.

If anything changes and Jay-Z does materialize, we'll update and eat our shoe. But until then, watch as anticipation curdles into despair and disappointment in the photos and tweets below.