Watch: Jay-Z, Alicia Keys tackle the corners of NYC in ‘Empire State of Mind’

11.10.09 8 years ago

It seems a little late for Jay-Z to finally release an official music video for his “Empire State of Mind” featuring Alicia Keys, but the clip itself if pretty timeless.

Shot in sparkling New York City itself, the music takes you to so many of the corners where the rapper hustled while he was still living in the projects, interspersed with images of his enduring fabulosity and of Keys banging on a grand piano in Times Square.

It’s a sight for people in love with and falling out of love with New York — I mean, what other kind of people are there? — and a bit of a history lesson on Jigga himself.

In fact, you can get a translation of the confusing lyrics and cadences of the song via, a new site that achieves exactly what you think it would. For instance, get a rundown on what the words “If Jeezy’s payin’ LeBron, I”m paying Dwyane Wade” or “Catch me in the kitchen like a Simmons whipping pastry.” [Via Huffington Post]

“Empire State of Mind” was a popular anthem during this most recent World Series, where the Yankees won out over the Phillies — but you don’t have to like the Yanks to appreciate where this track takes you.

As previously reported, Jay-Z and Keys are recording a sequel to the song, “Empire State of Mind, Part 2.” It will be released on Keys’ “Element of Freedom” album, due Dec. 15, a day that may bring light to Lil Wayne’s long-awaited “Rebirth” rock set.

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