Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”
So basically Alicia Keys went on Stephen Colbert to do a version of “Empire State of Mind” (part two??). This video won’t be up for long but anyway..
Yuppie style. Lyrics follow from what I could make out.
I love New York king of all the cities, lived up by the Guggenheim ’til I got some kiddies..
Moved to Connecticut by George Potaki, (?) to the dry cleaners pickin up my khakis
Shopping mall is close, my community is gated…My shorties are all private school educated
Home theater system, 60 inch plasma…clean suburban air much better for my asthma
Still hit the city, Times square keep it real…Hard Rock cafe for the appetizer deal
M&M store, Disney Store, I’m in heaven…I own this town from 41st to 47th
Take me to the Lion King, that show is fantastic…Leave half an hour so I can beat the traffic
I can get home really fast, drive (?) and EZ pass…Land of cheaper gas and the upper middle class…
Oh Stephen. You rock.
Jay Z (feat Alicia Keys) – “Empire State of Mind”
The new Jay Z album is ready to drop so earlier this week he gave us a little taste with the track list:
1. “What We Talkin’ About” (feat. Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun)
2. “Thank You”
3. “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)”
4. “Run This Town” (feat. Rihanna and Kanye West)
5. “Empire State of Mind” (feat. Alicia Keys)
6. “As It Gets” (feat. Young Jeezy)
7. “One” (feat. Swizz Beatz)
8. “Off That” (feat. Drake)
9. “A Star Is Born” (feat. J. Cole)
10. “Venus vs. Mars”
11. “Already Home” (feat. Kid Cudi)
12. “Hate” (feat. Kanye West)
14. “So Ambitious” (feat. Pharrell)
15. “Young Forever” (feat. Mr. Hudson)
Definitely a lot more guests than a typical Jay-Z album but never the less a solid group.
The other element is production.
There is quite the mix with Kanye, Timbaland, Pharrell, Swizz Beatz producing. The one that stands out, MGMT producing Venus vs. Mars? That decision raises a lot of eyebrows. At least my eyebrows. This is the man who declared, “Can’t wear skinny jeans cause my nahhts don’t fit.” Whats wrong Jay-Z? Don’t tell me you’ve gone hipster on us. Then again its probably just a phase, like a yuppie that buys Wayfarer prescription eyeglasses or really trendy shoes and gets shamed in conformity by his friends so he doesn’t make the same mistake.
Another thing, Jay-Z probably shouldn’t trust Kanye. You know that man is hoarding all of his best songs to himself. Also Kanye is bat-shit-crazy. He probably is trying to make Jay-Z look bad so he can declare himself “best rapper alive”. Just read some of Kanye’s own quotes if you don’t believe this theory, the man thinks he should be in the Bible.
Album drops September 11 2009. Be There.
Jay Z The Blueprint3 Tracklist [New York Magazine]