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Single of The Day: Jay-Z ft.Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
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Single of The Day: Jay-Z ft.Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind 

PhotobucketLuar biasa!!! Itulah yang bisa saya ungkapkan ketika menikmati “Empire State of Mind” yang langsung menancap di telinga ini. Sudah bukan hal baru buat rapper hip hop Jay Z berkolaborasi dengan rapper/penyanyi lain, salah satu yang di bahas disini yakni Alicia Keys. “Empire State of Mind” yang saat ini sedang merajalela diperingkat utama Billboard Hot 100, merupakan single hip hop mid tempo yang masih mengandalkan ciri khas rapper Jay Z.

Apa uniknya? Selain dibawakan duet dengan vokal powerfull milik Alicia Keys, single hip hop ini dipadukan dengan instrumen piano seperti pada lagu soul kebanyakan yang biasa dibawakan Alicia, membuat single ini terasa unik. Coba denger liriknya yang dibawakan berulang-ulang oleh Alicia pada bagian chorus, “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, The lights will inspire you, Let’s hear it for New York, New York, New York” dapat menjadi anthem baru dan tidak akan jenuh untuk didengarkan dan dinyantikan berulang-ulang.

“Empire State of Mind” diciptakan keroyokan oleh S. Carter, A. Shuckburgh, A. Keys, A. Hunte, dan J. Sewell-Ulepic, serta diproduseri Al Shux, Janet “Jnay” Sewell-Ulepic, dan Angela Hunte dengan mengambil sampling lagu “Love on a Two-Way Street” milik The Moments, “Empire State of Mind” juga sedikit dipengaruhi electropop dan orchestra pop. Single ini menceritakan perjalanan Jay J dari kota satu ke kota yang lain di Amerika, hingga sampai ke New York.

Diceritakan juga jika suasana ke-glamouran, keramaian kota New York yang seperti apa, dapat menginspirasi seseorang ketika tiba di kota tersebut. Seharusnya single ini akan dibawakan bareng dengan rapper Nas, namun karena suatu hal, maka single ini dibawakan duet dan ditujukan kepada Alicia Keys, dan masuk ke album baru Jay Z, The Blueprint 3.

Mari kita nikmati “Empire State of Mind”, single berdurasi 4:37 yang ditutup dengan vokal dahsyat Alicia Keys pada menit terakhir. Single yang masuk di Album The Blueprint 3 milik Jay-Z ini sudah dirilis di Indonesia melalui Warner Music. Untuk yang kali pertama mendengar, saya yakinkan akan membuat kalian langsung jatuh cinta dan bakal menjadi anthem baru, “In New York, New York…”, dan akan membuat pendengarnya semangat dalam menjalankan aktivitas sehari-hari…. sekalipun berada di Indonesia dan bukan New York, hemmmm…
(Joe Ari Shasta / CreativeDisc Contributors)

[Jay-Z:]
Yeah,
Yeah, I’mma up at Brooklyn,
Now I’m down in Tribeca,
Right next to DeNiro,
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 McDonalds,

Took it to my stash spot,
5-60 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 wat 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 most definitely from…

[Alicia Keys:]
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,
The lights will inspire you,
Let’s hear it for New York, New York, New York

[Jay-Z:]
I made you hot n-gga,
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 tho,
But I got a gang of n-ggas walking with my clique though,
Welcome to the melting pot,
Corners where we selling rocks,
Afrika bambaataa shit,
Home of the hip hop,
Yellow cap, gypsy cap, dollar cab, holla back,
For foreigners it aint fitted they forgot how to act,
8 million stories out there and their naked,

Cities is a pity half of y’all won’t make it,
Me I gotta plug Special Ed and I got it made,
If Jeezy’s payin LeBron, I’m paying Dwayne Wade,
3 dice cee-lo
3 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 thats…

[Repeat Chorus:]

Welcome to the bright light..

[Jay-Z:]
Lights is blinding,
Girls need blinders
So they can step out of bounds quick,
The side lines 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 your in-style,
And in 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,
Mami took a bus trip and now she got her bust out,
Everybody ride her, just like a bus route,
Hail Mary to the city your 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 a Ambien

[Repeat Chorus:]

[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 yeaaahh
Come on, come,
Yeah,

[Repeat Chorus:]

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