Today, Monday April 17, there was a pleasant surprise for the fans of Jay Z: It has appeared on the major music streaming platforms New York (Paris concept)an unedited version of one of his biggest commercial hits, Empire State of Mind.
There is none left Alicia Keys (or almost) and has been replaced by Gil Scott Heron. Let’s see together what it is
Jay-Z, Louis Vuitton and Gil Scott-Heron transform Empire State of Mind into New York (Concept de Paris)
The anticipation of new music from Jay-Z and God forbid is great. After all, we’re talking about one of the greatest MCs of all time who, albeit in June 2017, left behind a possibly perfect swan song with the title 4:44He hasn’t quite closed the door that will one day, who knows, lead us to his new official album.
Ok, talked about withdrawal with Kevi Heart not even a year agobut immediately afterwards he published in this one of the most memorable verses of the last year god did nominated multiple times (but without a happy ending) by Dj Khaled at the 2023 Grammy Awards and even performed live on stage at Crypto Arena in Los Angeles.
Jigga still has what it takes, and how, but concrete rumors about a disc unfortunately hide. But last Friday, on the Louis Vuitton Foundation from Paris in France organized an exclusive concert on the occasion of the exhibition Basquiat x Warhol, supported in part by Tiffany & Co (a luxury brand very close to the Carter family) and created to better examine the relationship of two unforgettable and iconic artists of the last century.
During this performance, Jay recalled some of his historical traces, such as Can’t Knock The Hustle, Never Change, FuckwithmeyouknowIgoit and obvious N*ggas in Paris. Then one of the most famous of the general public could not be missing, namely Empire State of Mindthe hit of 2009 in The blueprint 3 and made with the amazing Alicia Keys.
However, in this new version we no longer find her as the sole protagonist of the chorus, let alone Janet Sewell, Angela Hunte and Al Shux on beat. A clapping in the background takes over and straight from the album I’m new here from 2010, come back to us Gil Scott Heron, historical figure of soul and Afro-American spoken poetry, very connected to what hip-hop was in the beginning. In the chorus (and beat) of New York (Paris concept) – that’s the new name of the song – now here’s his New York kills MAndan uncharacteristic dedication to the cradle of the double h that, after hearing this kind of unreleased work, needs even more of a new album from Shawn Corey Carter, aka Jay-Z.
You can listen to it below. Meanwhile, hope remains.