Jay Z » Songs » Empire State Of Mind

(Song)
+POST  EDIT
Like
Empire State Of Mind
Photo Credit: lonepine

"Empire State of Mind" is a song by American rapper Jay-Z, featuring vocals and a chorus from American singer Alicia Keys. It was released as the third single from Jay-Z's 11th studio album, The Blueprint 3 (2009), by his Roc Nation label in October 2009. The song was written as a tribute to both artists' hometown, New York City, and features a music sample of "Love on a Two-Way Street" (1970), written by Sylvia Robinson and Bert Keyes and performed by The Moments. "Empire State of Mind" was originally written by Brooklyn natives Angela Hunte and Jane't "Jnay" Sewell-Ulepic who were feeling homesick while on an overseas trip in February 2009. The following month they submitted the song to Jay-Z's Roc Nation, whose reviews were a discouragement. Following an incident that Hunte and Sewell-Ulepic describe as an omen, they took the suggestion of an associate of EMI Music Publishing and resubmitted it to Jay-Z, who kept the "New York" singing part on the hook, changed the verses, and recorded it as a single. Wikipedia

Contents

From this profile you will find 26 lists, and key facts about Empire State Of Mind!

Related Lists

Empire State Of Mind is a member of the following lists: 2009 singles, Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles, Billboard Rhythmic Airplay number-one singles, Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one singles, 2009 songs, Jay-Z songs, Alicia Keys songs, Music videos directed by Hype Williams, Singles certified triple platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association and Singles certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Need more information? Read more about Empire State Of Mind »

Looking for another profile? View all items tagged Empire State Of Mind »

Music Video

Youtube video added by our user community for this Jay Z song:
Jay Z "Empire State Of Mind" Music Video

Song Lyrics

Yeah, yeah, I'ma up at Brooklyn, now I'm down in Tribeca
Right next to De Niro, but I'll be hood forever
I'm the new Sinatra, and since I made it here
I can make it anywhere, yeah, they love me everywhere

I used to cop in Harlem, all of my Dominicanos
Right there up on Broadway, brought me back to that McDonald's
Took it to my stash spot, 560 State Street
Catch me in the Kitchen like a Simmons whipping pastry

Cruising down 8th Street, off-white Lexus
Driving so slow, but BK is from Texas
Me, I'm up at Bed-Stuy, home of that boy Biggie
Now I live on Billboard, and I brought my boys with me

Say what up to Ty Ty, still sipping mai tai
Sitting courtside, Knicks and Nets give me high fives
n*gga, I be spiked out, I can trip a referee
Tell by my attitude that I am most definitely from

In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made, oh
There's nothing you can't do, now you're in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you, let's hear it for New York
New York, New York
(I made you hot, n*gga)

Catch me at the X with OG at a Yankee game
sh*t, I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can
You should know I bleed blue, but I ain't a Crip though
But I got a gang of n*ggas walking with my clique, though

Welcome to the melting pot, corners where we selling rock
Afrika Bambaataa sh*t, home of the hip hop
Yellow Cab, Gypsy Cab, Dollar Cab, holla back
For foreigners that ain't fifty, they act like they forgot how to act

Eight million stories out there, and they're naked
Cities is a pity, half of y'all won't make it
Me, I gotta plug, Special Ed "I Got It Made"
If Jesus payin' LeBron, I'm paying Dwyane Wade

Three dice, Cee-lo, three-card Monte
Labor Day Parade, rest in peace, Bob Marley
Statue of Liberty, long live the World Trade
Long live the king, yo, I'm from the Empire State that's

In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made, oh
There's nothing you can't do, now you're in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you, let's hear it for New York
New York, New York

Lights is blinding, girls need blinders
So they can step out of bounds quick
The sidelines is blind with casualties
Who sipping life casually, then gradually become worse

Don't bite the apple, Eve, caught up in the in crowd
Now you're in style, end of the winter gets cold
En vogue with your skin out, the city of sin is a pity on a whim
Good girls gone bad, the cities filled with them

Mommy took a bus trip, now she got her bust out
Everybody ride her just like a bus route
Hail Mary to the city, you're a v*rgin
And Jesus can't save you, life starts when the church ends

Came here for school, graduated to the high life
Ball players, rap stars addicted to the limelight
MDMA got you feeling like a champion
The city never sleeps, better slip you an Ambien

In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There's nothing you can't do, now you're in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you, let's hear it for New York
New York, New York

One hand in the air for the big city
Street lights, big dreams all looking pretty
No place in the world that can compare
Put your lighters in the air, everybody say yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
(Come on, come on)

In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made, oh
There's nothing you can't do, now you're in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you, let's hear it for New York
New York, New York

Soundtrack Credits

Release History

Disc Track Album Year
1 0 The Hits Collection Vol. 1 2010
1 5 The Blueprint 3 Studio Album 2009
1 9 The Hits Collection Volume One Album 2010
1 13 23 - The LeBron James Of Recordin' Unofficial
1 1 Live In Brooklyn Studio Album 2012
1 9 The Hits Collection, Volume 1 2010

Lists

26 Lists »
Empire State Of Mind appears in the following lists:

Jay Z
  • Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z
  • Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z
  • Jay - Z and Beyonce
  • Photos We Love
  • Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z
  • Beyonce is pregnant!

Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known by his stage name Jay Z (formerly Jay-Z), is an American rapper, entrepreneur and investor. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists in America ... View All »
FamousFix content is contributed and edited by our readers. You are most welcome to update, correct or add information to this page. Update Information
Jay Z - The Blueprint 3
Track Song Title Duration
1 What We Talkin' About 4:04
2 Thank You 4:11
3 D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune) 4:16
4 Run This Town 4:28
5 Empire State Of Mind 4:37
6 Real As It Gets 4:13
7 On To The Next One 4:17
8 Off That 4:07
9 A Star Is Born 3:48
10 Venus Vs Mars 3:11
11 Already Home 4:30
12 Hate 2:31
13 Reminder 4:18
14 So Ambitious 4:12
15 Young Forever 4:14
Jay Z

Jay Z

Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known by his stage name Jay Z (formerly Jay-Z), is an American rapper, entrepreneur and investor. He is one of the most financially ... View All »

Top Contributors

See All »
Thank you to the following people for keeping this profile up-to-date.
Would you like to contribute? Register »

Desktop | Mobile
This website is part of the FamousFix entertainment community. By continuing past this page, and by your continued use of this site, you agree to be bound by and abide by the Terms of Use. Loaded in 0.34 secs.
Terms of Use  |  Copyright  |  Privacy
Copyright 2006-2016, FamousFix