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Jay-Z - Empire State Of Mind Lyrics

(feat. Alicia Keys)

Song details
TitleEmpire State Of Mind
ArtistJay-Z feat. Alicia Keys
AlbumThe Hits Collection Volume One Collector's Edition Box Set [2010], Track 9
The Blueprint 3 [2009], Track 5
All Black Everything [2003], Track 18
The Hits Collection, Vol. 1 [1997], Track 9
GenreHip-Hop, Soul
Duration00:04:42
Rank930 (−162) history »
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Song lyrics
[Jay-Z]
Yeah,
Yeah, Imma up at Brooklyn,
now Im 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,
Theres nothing you can't do,
Now you're in New York,
these streets will make you feel brand new,
big lights will inspire you,
lets 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,
sh-t i made the yankee hat more famous than a yankee can,
you should know I bleed Blue, but I aint 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 sh-t,
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,

[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

[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,
[Chorus]
submitted by Elizabeth on September 10th, 2009
corrected by Bones_Shatter on June 10th, 2014
written by Augello-Cook, Alicia J / Carter, Shawn / Sewell, Jane't Andrea / Hunte, Angela / Shuckburgh, Al / Keyes, Bert / Robinson, Sylvia
copyright with Lyrics © Emi Music Publishing, Downtown Music Publishing Llc, Warner/chappell Music, Inc.




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 13 Comments
0 likes - like | 07-10-2011 08:18 fifaxperten 
 
3 posts
great song
0 likes - like | 14-09-2011 10:20 thedarkknight36 
 
24 posts
This song is a joke. He the new Sinatra? Really? Really? This clown couldn't shine Sinatra's shoes. Could he possibly be more insulting to Sinatra? First off, Sinatra was a singer, Sean Carter is not. Rapping isn't even close to singing. Rapping is nothing more than rhyming (something we all learn in grade school) fast. Congratulations, Sean Carter, you can rhyme fast. He made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can? What? I think the families of Joltin' Joe Damaggio, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, and countless others would very strongly disagree. This jackass is so incredibly self-centered. Not only that, but, this a$$hole is also glorifying the sale and usage of drugs (corners where we selling rocks, afrika bambaataa sh-t). Nothing against Alicia Keys (who is an incredibly talented singer) or the City Of New York or its denizens, but, If I was from New York, I would be embarrassed to have my city and its people represented by this self-serving imbecile or this insulting song.
0 likes - like | 31-07-2011 18:58 hi10987 
 
1 posts
this is a song that I would sing in ny... Wait i live in ny
0 likes - like | 18-04-2011 04:37 nellit 
nellit
 
825 posts
Going to NYC tomorrow!
0 likes - like | 03-04-2011 22:50 bkeskin 
 
935 posts
0 likes - like | 02-07-2010 09:37 zfeint 
zfeint
 
88 posts
I like it.
0 likes - like | 02-05-2010 10:07 theDLsyrnyk 
 
100 posts
Get rid of Jay-Z's voice and this song would sound way better.
0 likes - like | 22-02-2010 00:07 jmrocks 
 
195 posts
i love alicia keys not a big fan of whatshisface oh jay z and hes so ugly too he looks like something out of batman like the joker lol
0 likes - like | 13-02-2010 17:30 misslena28 
 
4 posts
absolutely wonderful song!!!! looooove it! not a jay z fan but alicia is the best!
0 likes - like | 14-01-2010 14:33 lizzielonglegs 
 
5 posts
What an amazing song, so classy too!
0 likes - like | 23-12-2009 11:49 teigenboy 
 
3 posts
I love this
song it pwn all other
songs
0 likes - like | 11-12-2009 14:49 marielynn4 
 
7 posts
nice song....donno y but it reminds me "gangstas"
0 likes - like | 17-10-2009 22:03 feistynena 
feistynena
 
37 posts
another hot one!! this is my jam..reminds me of the days i lived in NYC!!!