“Empire State of Mind, Pt. 2” (Video)



    “Empire State of Mind” was one of the few transcendent moments on Blueprint III, with Alicia Keys absolutely crushing the chorus of what will surely become the Big Apple’s new de facto theme song. Last night Keys played the second part of that song, which will be found on her new album, The Element of Freedom. Without the beat and Jay’s boisterous ego, the song sounds a little bit empty during the verses, but backed by a handful of backup singers, that chorus still soars as much as ever. It’s not apparent what this version adds to the original, aside from a few extra piano notes, but hearing that hook one more time is worth it. [IllRoots]