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Empire State of Mind

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Transcript of Empire State of Mind

E
mpire State of
M
ind

Empire State of Mind
by Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys
Presentation by: James Wei ( J-Whizzle )
Jay-Z
Rags to Riches
Tough childhood
Big dreams
Now one of the most influential and richest rappers
Em
p
i
re

State

o
f

M
i
n
d

by
J
ay-
Z
ft.
A
licia
K
ey
s
Presentation by:
J
ames

W
ei (
Professor J-Whizzle
)

Jay-Z
Rags to Riches
Tough childhood
Big dreams
Now one of the most influential and richest rappers
Story of the Song?
Started from the bottom now I'm here.
Th
e
m
e
s
Jay-Z's story behind his fame
His struggles against drugs and gangs
Land of Opportunities aka. New York
Reality of New York
Pays tribute and mentions to friends
A
m
er
ic
a
n

Dr
e
a
m
J
ourney
D
iscovery
Thesis
M
ethods of Development
1.
Reference to Popular Culture
Reference to Popular Culture
Frank Sinatra - "
New York, New York
"
Frank Sinatra
Shows the extent of Jay-Z's fame and success
Eve
Danger of the "forbidden fruit"
H
omesickness
In “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys, Jay-Z’s New York is portrayed with two faces. One as being the glittering metropolis of hopes and dreams and the pinnacle of success and the other showing that New York is also the pit of modern society created by gathering those with shattered hopes and dreams. Jay-Z creates this image with the usage of his personal experiences and struggles, which allows Jay-Z to emphasize on his success in contrast to the struggles he faced earlier in life.
Jay-Z's New York
"Land of Opportunities"
"Land of Ashes"
Intertwined with personal life
2.

A
nalogy
Perseverance
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
"If I make it there, I can make it anywhere"
One of the best-selling artists of all time
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
Apple represents "temptation and evil"
"One bite"/One step leads to an influence applied forever
Dark side of New York - land of broken dreams
Composition
Analogy
Adam
and
Eve
Sampling: how it connects
Sampling: a "shout-out" to another song/artist
Recreates a small portion of a song to become original
"Empire State of Mind" is a collage of sounds that represents New York
New York = compilation of 8 million stories
Music, Rhythm, Lyrics
Upbeat
Mystifying
Exhilarating
Draws listener in
Dark underlying feeling...
Homely.
"Too good to be true" feeling...
Land of Hopes and Dreams
Subtle melancholic emotion
Stemming from the 3rd Verse
Shows that the attractions of New York is also its shortcomings
The aspirations that draw people to New York also cause their downfalls
Connections to "
The Great Gatsby
"?
Set
ting
s
West Egg, East Egg
New York: Land of Opportunities
Valley of Ashes
New York: Land of Broken Dreams
Ch
aract
er
J
ay Gatsby
J
ay-Z
Too
Good
to be True
Something feels off
Not quite right
Dark side of New York
Foreshadowing Stock Market Crash of 1929
Similarities an
d Differences
Thank you
!

Seminar Edition
Story of "Empire State of Mind"
Tone?
Table
of

C
ontents
1. Music Video
2. Story
3. Themes
4. Thesis
5. Methods of Development
6. Tone
7. Comparisons to "The Great Gatsby"
"Inspiring"
"Brand New"
"Dreams are Made"
"No place in the world that can compare"
[Verse 1, Jay-Z]
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 out that 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
Nigga, I be spiked out, I can trip a referee
Tell by my attitude that I am most definitely from

[Chorus - Alicia Keys]
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, nigga)

[Verse 2, Jay-Z]
Catch me at the X with OG at a Yankee game
Shit, 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 niggas walking with my clique, though
Welcome to the melting pot, corners where we selling rock
Afrika Bambaataa shit, 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 Jeezy payin' LeBron, I'm paying Dwayne 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

[Chorus, Alicia Keys]
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

[Verse 3, Jay-Z]
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 virgin
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

[Chorus, Alicia Keys]

[Bridge, Alicia Keys]
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)



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