Jay-Z & Alicia Keys Shoot Empire State Of Mind

Jay-Z & Alicia Keys Shoot Empire State Of Mind

    Jay-Z is currently shooting the video for Jigga's "Empire State Of Mind" track in Tribeca, New York. With tons of fans watching HOV and Alicia shoot the video and hitting Twitter with the status, one person seemed to be absent from the set near Ground Zero, Lil Mama. Directed by Hype Williams, the video will feature Alicia Keys who talked about working with Jay-Z on the song. "Working together on 'Empire State of Mind' was incredible," Keys said. "I've admired Jay-Z for a long time. Reasonable Doubt is my all-time favorite album, period, and he's been on the scene for long time. I always figured that we would do some type of collaboration, and finally, it came together with this. He reached out to me said, 'I have this big New York record. I feel its right for us to do it together. It has this big Frank Sinatra, take-it-there feeling. I feel like you could really do something with it.' [Alicia Keys Talks Working On Jay-Z Song – Watch Here]

    Alicia continued "I went by [the studio], took a listen to it," she continued. "I really felt the energy of New York all through it. It felt classic, it felt so good; the piano obviously was in there. I said, 'I love it, so let's do it.' We communicated a lot during the process. I think we both are really happy with how it came out." Keys says that though "Empire State of Mind" was inspired by her hometown, it resonates with all people — which explains why the song is currently #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. "New York City belongs to everyone," she said, adding her own Sinatra nod: "If you can make it here, you can make it everywhere." [Jay-Z Behind The Scenes Of His New Empire State Of Mind Video Shoot]

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