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Jay-Z: "Empire State of Mind" (MP3)


If you live anywhere else, it's really easy to resent New York for its position as the de facto cultural capital of the United States, and its residents' reveling in that fact, and indirectly lording it over everyone else. Listening to Jay-Z's love letter to the city, "Empire State of Mind," it becomes a little harder to hate. Jay-Z runs through the verses, spitting free associations like, "Caught up in the in-crowd/ now you're in style/ Anna the winter (Wintour) is cold/in Vogue with your skin out," all said with a sonic grin you can virtually hear in the track. The hating doesn't become any easier during the chorus, when Alicia Keys hits the "big joyous vocal moment switch," bolstered by the beat's sparse piano stabs and snare hits. If you're feeling bitter, you'll have to ease up on the negativity for these four minutes and 37 seconds.



Jay-Z "Empire State of Mind"



DJ Semtex interviewed Jay-Z today and post interview, he tweeted the following:

So Hov has a track on the Blueprint 3 called 'Empire state of Mind', who do you think features on it.............


People are speculating that Nas does the guest spot although then everyone would be comparing the track to "NY State of Mind." We'll update this post with the audio of the song once it becomes available.


[Source: Semtex Twitter via Nah Right]


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I hate this song. Namely because I believe Jigga wrote it to coerce Lebron James from the Cleveland Cavs to come to the Brooklyn Nets following the end of next season. I can already see SportCenter playing this over Lebron's news conference next July when he announces he is leaving his home town for the Big Apple. Seriously, listen to the words - its like Jigga is giving the King a handjob. For reals, I ain't a hater...just from Cleveland - and hate to see Lebron split if he does. Werd to da jigga mang.


This is a weird write up for this song. We all know the whole album has already leaked and that you can stream it at and that the track listing has been out for a long while, right?

That being said, this is the best track off the Blueprint 3, no doubt about it.

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this song is ffffffffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkin making me have a boner because it is so sexy when that black girl sings NEW YYYYYOOOOORRRRKKKK!!!bye


Great Song, one of the best Jay Z ever made, same like Run this Town, both are great, He used only some beats and piano sounds for this song, good work Jay Z


k well(= all of you guys who cmnted this r JOKEESSSSS<33;* bye!(=


i really like this song even though im a hater of everything exept techno and 80's


anywhere know where i can find the 'cleveland remix of this?


Cool song, but seriously ... concrete jungles where dreams are made of ? How bad can grammar get? I could see 'what' dreams are made of, but where dreams are made of has no cognitive meaning.


w/out Alicia... this song would blow.... and Ny is not the de facto capitol of anything..... Philly rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


this is a cool song;)


Tato píse? je 'nejlepší píse? Jay-Z.


This song blows my mind and what makes it so deep i am from the old school like the 70's. This is the best in a long time. My hat goes off to Jay z and Alica K. Great extrodinary fantastic job. Peace out
p.s philly doen't rule and i am from philly
New York is the capital of USA


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