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Boombox: Jay-Z, Alicia Keys to Perform ‘Empire State of Mind’ at the World Series

Once again…The Fluffy Numbers get passed over.

With the colossal return of Jay-Z in September and the Yankees clinching a spot in their 40th World Series last night, it’s no secret: New York is back on top! Now, here comes the awesome news. Jay-Z will join forces with songstress Alicia Keys to perform a special rendition of ‘Empire State of Mind’ live from Yankee Stadium for the first game of the series. We’ll just call it a special brand of home field advantage.

...To answer Strombelline’s question, most people will be sitting on their couch because tickets are approximately $300 for the cheapest seats, but this is exciting nonetheless. Ever the master of cross-marketing and corporate synergy, it’s really undeniable that Jay-Z is taking hip-hop to crazy new heights. I mean, you would normally expect a performance from someone like Paul Simon or Billy Joel as a World Series introduction—not a rapper from the Marcy Projects.

But it seems that this news should have come as no surprise because the Yanks seem to be huge Hova fans this season. They recently named a doctored version of ‘Run This Town’ as their postseason theme song and have been playing cuts from ‘Blueprint 3’ before at-bats and after home wins. The Bronx Bombers are staring down their 27th World Series championship.

Repoz Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:00 PM | 55 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:07 PM (#3366717)
it’s really undeniable that Jay-Z is taking hip-hop to crazy new heights. I mean, you would normally expect a performance from someone like Paul Simon or Billy Joel as a World Series introduction—not a rapper from the Marcy Projects.

If hip-hop = Paul Simon/Billy Joel, doesn't that mean that hip-hop is dead, at least as a relevant art form?
   2. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:08 PM (#3366719)
I hope vomit comes off of my iMac.
   3. Adam B. Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:08 PM (#3366720)
Well, there goes "Run This Town" as the Phillies pre-game playoffs highlight package.
   4. . . . . . . Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:09 PM (#3366721)
FWIW, I think "Empire State of Mind" is the first good heir to the Biggie/Puffy late 90's East Coast hip-pop club music that I've heard in about a decade. So this is cool.
   5. The Most Interesting Man In The World Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:09 PM (#3366722)
not a rapper from the Marcy Projects.

For one all-too-brief moment I thought "Sex And Candy" was going to be played at the World Series. Should've Known Better!

With the colossal return of Jay-Z in September.

Huh? Am I that out of the loop?
   6. The Essex Snead Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:15 PM (#3366727)
Yeah, Blueprint 3 was a colossal something, all right.
   7. Craig Calcaterra Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:17 PM (#3366729)
I got 99 problems but delaying the first pitch ain't one.
   8. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:18 PM (#3366733)
I am really disappointed that Fat Joe is following up his albums Jealous Ones Envy (J.O.E.) and Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) with one called J.O.S.E. 2. Come on! Why not something abbreviated J.O.S.E.P.H., or J.O.S.T.E.N.S., or something?
   9. The Essex Snead Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:20 PM (#3366740)
J.O.S.E.P.H

Jealous Ones Still Envy; ##### Hova?
   10. Random Transaction Generator Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:21 PM (#3366741)
Come on! Why not something abbreviated J.O.S.E.P.H., or J.O.S.T.E.N.S., or something?


Jealous Ones Still Envy Playas. Haters!

I got 99 problems but delaying the first pitch ain't one.


Nice!
   11. The Essex Snead Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:21 PM (#3366743)
Oh come on nanny! I spelled it with a "ph" you shitbrick.
   12. The Original SJ Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:23 PM (#3366745)
I think this song has a pretty awesome hook. Its a great single. Alicia Keys sings her ass right off.
   13. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:26 PM (#3366747)
I may be the only person to have finally, NOW, decided that Jay-Z now sounds too pompous and full of himself, but that is in fact what I think. Also this song just serves to remind me of "Ghetto Story". Now that is a good song.
   14. Scoriano Flitcraft Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:29 PM (#3366753)
Aren't some of the lyrics off color for a prime time baseball game?

I made you hot ######,
Catch me at the X with OG at a Yankee game/
   15. Swedish Chef Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:32 PM (#3366758)
On my computer I have something called "The Slack Album" which is Jay-Z mixed with "Slanted and enchanted", no idea where I got that one.
   16. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:36 PM (#3366761)
With the colossal return of Jay-Z in September and the Yankees clinching a spot in their 40th World Series last night, it’s no secret: New York is back on top!

Yes, this has always been the way I have measured the success of New York City.
   17. Repoz Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:36 PM (#3366763)
Funny how Ken Nordine never got an invite...doing the same hometown shtickla.
   18. . . . . . . Posted: October 26, 2009 at 07:37 PM (#3366765)
Catch me at the X with OG at a Yankee game


Perhaps I'm misunderstanding the lyric, but that sounds totally innocuous to me..
   19. NJ in NY (Now with Big Girl!) Posted: October 26, 2009 at 08:04 PM (#3366791)
Yeah, Blueprint 3 was a colossal something, all right.

Blueprint 3 was/is ####### awesome. EDIT: Album of the year for rap/hip-hop thus far is either Blueprint 3, Man on the Moon: End of Days, Back To The Feature, So Far Gone, or Everybody's Nobody. I also feel that Blueprint 3 is good enough to be considered alongside Blueprint, Reasonable Doubt, and The Black Album as one of Jay's classic works.
   20. NJ in NY (Now with Big Girl!) Posted: October 26, 2009 at 08:10 PM (#3366798)
Perhaps I'm misunderstanding the lyric, but that sounds totally innocuous to me..

It is, he's just referencing attending Yankee games with his friend.
   21. BarrettsHiddenBall Posted: October 26, 2009 at 08:19 PM (#3366806)
I also feel that Blueprint 3 is good enough to be considered alongside Blueprint, Reasonable Doubt, and The Black Album as one of Jay's classic works.

No. Just no.
   22. NJ in NY (Now with Big Girl!) Posted: October 26, 2009 at 08:23 PM (#3366809)
No. Just no.

Yes.
   23. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: October 26, 2009 at 08:27 PM (#3366814)
Maybe?
   24. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: October 26, 2009 at 08:32 PM (#3366821)
I don't know if Blueprint 3 stands up as well as Jay-Z's other stuff, but everything from D.O.A to Off That is totally awesome. The rest of the album doesn't do a ton for me, but those songs make B3 pretty sweet. I could do with a little less Rihanna, though.
   25. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: October 26, 2009 at 08:38 PM (#3366826)
On my computer I have something called "The Slack Album"
I remember that one - didn't work for me. I did very much like the 99 Problems / Radiohead mashup (Deftones? I forget...)
   26. NJ in NY (Now with Big Girl!) Posted: October 26, 2009 at 08:38 PM (#3366827)
I don't know if Blueprint 3 stands up as well as Jay-Z's other stuff, but everything from D.O.A to Off That is totally awesome. The rest of the album doesn't do a ton for me, but those songs make B3 pretty sweet. I could do with a little less Rihanna, though.

"Hate" and "Reminder" are the only tracks that give me reason for pause, and I've warned to them over time. This album was placed in my car CD player August 31st and did not leave until October 17th. The longest run since "Graduation's" 4 month reign in the Fall of 2007.
   27. Marcel Posted: October 26, 2009 at 08:43 PM (#3366830)
Blueprint 3 is actually the only Jay-Z album that I don't hate (not counting Collision Course. That was pretty damn cool.)
   28. Rusty Priske Posted: October 26, 2009 at 08:46 PM (#3366833)
Good for the Yankees for bringing in performers who are currently relevent instead of continuing with the same old standards over and over.
   29. Lassus Posted: October 26, 2009 at 08:50 PM (#3366835)
FAIL
   30. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: October 26, 2009 at 08:55 PM (#3366841)
Somebody explain this to me.

On the one hand, judging my the commercials, you'd think the target audience is old white dudes (Viagra, Charles Schwab, etc.). Do old white dudes listen to Jay-Z?
   31. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: October 26, 2009 at 08:57 PM (#3366846)
Do old white dudes listen to Jay-Z?

This one most assuredly does not.
   32. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 26, 2009 at 08:58 PM (#3366849)
Do old white dudes listen to Jay-Z?


I'm over 50, so I guess I'd qualify as an "old white dude". I don't believe I've ever heard a single piece of music by either Jay-Z or Alicia Keys.
   33. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 26, 2009 at 09:00 PM (#3366851)
Please calm down, the music and everything. It's nice that I went and bought me an outfit today that costed a lot of money today, you know what I mean? 'Cause I figured that Wu-Tang was gonna perform. I don't know how you all see it, but when it comes to the children, Wu-Tang is for the children. We teach the children. You know what I mean? Jay-Z is good, but Wu-Tang is the best, Okay? I want you all to know that this is ODB, and I love you all. Peace!
   34. Swedish Chef Posted: October 26, 2009 at 09:00 PM (#3366850)
Do old white dudes listen to Jay-Z?

No, but the middle aged white dudes who desperately try to stay relevant and non-bald but can't stand the underground stuff tend to gravitate to that.
   35. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: October 26, 2009 at 09:08 PM (#3366856)
Slick Rick should really be given this honor.
   36. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: October 26, 2009 at 09:11 PM (#3366858)
Slick Rick should really be given this honor.

Or KRS-One. Why are we not supporting hometown industry and looking out of county?
   37. NJ in NY (Now with Big Girl!) Posted: October 26, 2009 at 09:12 PM (#3366860)
Please calm down, the music and everything. It's nice that I went and bought me an outfit today that costed a lot of money today, you know what I mean? 'Cause I figured that Wu-Tang was gonna perform. I don't know how you all see it, but when it comes to the children, Wu-Tang is for the children. We teach the children. You know what I mean? Jay-Z is good, but Wu-Tang is the best, Okay? I want you all to know that this is ODB, and I love you all. Peace!

RDF.
   38. Adam B. Posted: October 26, 2009 at 09:36 PM (#3366883)
#37: RIP, ODB/BBJ/OS/DMG.
   39. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: October 26, 2009 at 09:37 PM (#3366884)
Oh, that's who's performing "Empire State of Mind" this year. I wonder if they'll be more like Whitney Houston's Super Bowl version or Jose Feliciano's World Series one.
   40. MM1f Posted: October 26, 2009 at 09:41 PM (#3366886)
JayZ can do Empire State of Mind but Nas won't be doing NY State of Mind.
I smell a diss track coming up.

Post 39 wins the thread BTW
   41. Lord Finesse Posted: October 26, 2009 at 09:43 PM (#3366888)
Why not me? Grew up a mile away.
   42. Mark Edward Posted: October 26, 2009 at 10:33 PM (#3366930)
I think 2009 has been a bit of a down year for rap (full disclosure: I haven't listened to Blueprint 3 entirely). Everyone likes DOOM's Born Like This, but I could never get into DOOM; his ridiculously homophobic Batty Boyz is horrid. The Ecstatic was OK I guess. I love Cam'ron, but Crime Pays was meh.

However, Raekwon's "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II" is excellent. It's one of the ten best albums of the year. If nothing else, it coaxed Ghostface out of his sleepwalk that was "Big Doe Rehab" and "Ghostdini."

But! The year's not over! The Cool Kids should have an album out by year's end (hopefully!). 2 of the first tracks leaked off of Clipse's "Till the Casket Drops" are ####### hot- Kinda Like a Big Deal & Popular Demand (Popeyes). There's Rich Boy's Buried Alive too- Drop is one of the best tracks of the year. And maybe we'll get that Big Boi record sometime!
   43. rr Posted: October 26, 2009 at 10:36 PM (#3366932)
Ronan Tynan supports this, since they are not Jewish.
   44. Steve Phillips' Hot Cougar (DrStankus) Posted: October 26, 2009 at 10:44 PM (#3366939)
I could do with a little less Rihanna, though.


Didn't know Chris Brown had an account here.
   45. NJ in NY (Now with Big Girl!) Posted: October 26, 2009 at 11:07 PM (#3366952)
Re: 42

Haven't listened to Born Like This, did not like The Ecstatic, love Cam'Ron, but found Crime Pays similarly nondescript (same for Eminem and Relapse). I know OB4CL2 is the album everyone is raving about, but the times I've attempted to listen to it, I find myself switching to BP3 or MotM:TEOD within 5 tracks. I expect Till the Casket Drops to be a classic, because that's what The Clipse does, however I don't want to pin my hopes on that Dec. 8th date just yet. The stuff from the Big Boi album that's leaked sounds incredible, but as someone recently said, it's becoming the southern answer to Detox.
   46. Zac Schmitt Posted: October 26, 2009 at 11:09 PM (#3366954)
I figure the performance is probably going to be mediocre at best, but I'm as exited as all get out for it anyway. And anyone who thinks otherwise is just a hater, so there.
   47. NJ in NY (Now with Big Girl!) Posted: October 26, 2009 at 11:11 PM (#3366955)
Will Lil Mama be in attendance?
   48. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: October 27, 2009 at 12:04 AM (#3366991)
I couldn't care less about the song, but I heartily endorse any opportunity to ogle Alicia Keys.
   49. The NeverEnding Torii (oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh) Posted: October 27, 2009 at 12:25 AM (#3367002)
Best song on the disappointment that is The Blueprint 3, appropriate considering that Jay's a NY guy and that he mentions the Yankees in the song and it's another excuse to look at Alicia Keys. So thanks, Major League Baseball. It's a hell of a lot better than Sheryl Crow or Bon Jovi.
   50. Halofan Posted: October 27, 2009 at 12:48 AM (#3367013)
So the financial stake in this was enough to bribe the umps to throw the ALDS and ALCS to the New York team?
   51. Fat Al Posted: October 27, 2009 at 01:25 AM (#3367040)
So the financial stake in this was enough to bribe the umps to throw the ALDS and ALCS to the New York team?


That's nothing compared to what they had to juice the Angels' fielders.
   52. EncyclopediaBlue22 Posted: October 27, 2009 at 04:13 AM (#3367122)
Re: 45

I didn't get the hype over "Born Like This," either it's good but I don't think it deserves all the hype it gets and "Batty Boyz" is just horrible. OB4CL2 has probably been my favorite (and speakin of Rae, he absolute rips his track on "Born Like This) although I actually liked Ghostdini, certainly more than Big Doe Rehab. My favorite straight underground was Crown City Rockers, I'd been waiting for them to drop something for a long time. And I wholeheartedly endorse anything Clipse and Big Boi.

Oh and for what it's worth, I'm not that high on BP3 but that's mostly cuz Jay-Z gave my boy J. Cole (check him out!) like 30 seconds on "A Star is Born," complete with an annoying beat.
   53. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 27, 2009 at 05:16 AM (#3367144)
Please calm down, the music and everything. It's nice that I went and bought me an outfit today that costed a lot of money today, you know what I mean? 'Cause I figured that Wu-Tang was gonna perform. I don't know how you all see it, but when it comes to the children, Wu-Tang is for the children. We teach the children. You know what I mean? Jay-Z is good, but Wu-Tang is the best, Okay? I want you all to know that this is ODB, and I love you all. Peace!

I undulate approvingly of this message.
   54. NJ in NY (Now with Big Girl!) Posted: October 27, 2009 at 06:33 AM (#3367162)
gave my boy J. Cole (check him out!)

"Lights Please" is one of my favorite songs of the year.
   55. EncyclopediaBlue22 Posted: October 27, 2009 at 01:46 PM (#3367244)
Re: 54

Mine too, the whole "Warm Up" is nice. Cole is friends with my roommate so I see him out sometimes. Now that he's blowin' up I can be like "I knew him when..."

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