Jay-Z - "Empire State of Mind" (feat. Alicia Keys) (video)

by Tyler Gould

2 November 2009

 

“Empire State of Mind” is destined to be played in promos for Knicks games. “Let’s hear it for New York!” Alicia sings in the cheesy hook, giving Jay a breather from name dropping every tourist spot in the verses. Why would he title this flaccid song in such a way as to draw comparisons to Nas’ “N.Y. State of Mind”? Is he trying to give us yet another reason to dig up a copy of Illmatic?

Topics: alicia keys | jay z | jay-z

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