Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office by Zack OMalley GreenburgSome people think Jay-Z is just another rapper. Others see him as just another celebrity/mega-star. The reality is, no matter what you think Jay-Z is, he first and foremost a business. And as much as Martha Stewart or Oprah, he has turned himself into a lifestyle. You can wake up to the local radio station playing Jay-Zs latest hit, spritz yourself with his 9IX cologne, slip on a pair of his Rocawear jeans, lace up your Reebok S. Carter sneakers, catch a Nets basketball game in the afternoon, and grab dinner at The Spotted Pig before heading to an evening performance of the Jay-Z-backed Broadway musical Fela! and a nightcap at his 40/40 Club. Hell profit at every turn of your day. But despite Jay-Zs success, there are still many Americans whose impressions of him are foggy, outdated, or downright incorrect. Surprisingly to many, he honed his business philosophy not at a fancy B school, but on the streets of Brooklyn, New York and beyond as a drug dealer in the 1980s. Empire State of Mind tells the story behind Jay-Zs rise to the top as told by the people who lived it with him- from classmates at Brooklyns George Westinghouse High School; to the childhood friend who got him into the drug trade; to the DJ who convinced him to stop dealing and focus on music. This book explains just how Jay-Z propelled himself from the bleak streets of Brooklyn to the heights of the business world. Zack OMalley Greenburg draws on his one-on-one interviews with hip-hop luminaries such as DJ Clark Kent, Questlove of The Roots, Damon Dash, Fred Fab 5 Freddy Brathwaite, MC Serch; NBA stars Jamal Crawford and Sebastian Telfair; and recording industry executives including Craig Kallman, CEO of Atlantic Records. He also includes new information on Jay-Zs various business dealings, such as: * The feature movie about Jay-Z and his first basketball team that was filmed by Fab 5 Freddy in 2003 but never released. * The Jay-Z branded Jeep that was scrapped just before going into production. * The real story behind his association with Armand de Brignac champagne. * The financial ramifications of his marriage to Beyonce. Jay-Zs tale is compelling not just because of his celebrity, but because it embodies the rags-to-riches American dream and is a model for any entrepreneur looking to build a commercial empire.
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Artie: yeah. Finn Mercedes : Oh,woah Catch me at the X with OG at a Yankee game Do I made the Yankee hat more famous then a Yankee can woah,woah You should know I bleed blue but I ain't a Crip though But I got a gang of brothers walkin' with my clique though woah,woah Welcome to the melting pot corners where we sellin' rock Africa Bambata home of the hip-hop Yellow cab, gypsy cab, dollar cab, holla back For foreigners it ain't for they act like they forgot how to act. Artie Mercedes : oh. Lights is blinding girls need blinders So they can step out of bounds quick The sidelines is woah,woah lined with casualties who sip to life casually Then gradually become worse don't bite the apple leaf ah,hah Caught up in the in-crowd now you're in style End of the winter gets cold en vogue, with your skin out Oh,woah,woah City of a sin, it's a pity on the wind Good girls gone bad the city's filled with them oh,huh,uh. Finn Mercedes : Mommy took a bus trip now she got her bust out Everybody ride her just like a bus route oh,ho Hail Mary to the city, you're a virgin And Jesus can't save you, life starts when the church end hey,yeah,yeah Came here for school graduated to the high life Ball players, rap stars, addicted to the limelight oh,woah!
The music video for "Empire State of Mind" was directed by Hype Williams. The video, which was filmed on location, features.
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Empire State Of Mind - Jay Z ft Alicia Key
It was written for Jay-Z, who brought along Alicia Keys to be featured in the chorus. As New York natives, both musicians resonated with the song. Even after they reached fame, NYC remained their true home. The song is about NYC as a place for success and hope, describing the unique opportunities and people all in this one city. I remember when this song first came out, even though I was only 10 years old. My whole family would sing along to it and blast it on the radio whenever it came on.
Grew up in a town that is famous as a place of movie scenes Noise is always loud, there are sirens all around and the streets are mean If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere, that's what they say Seeing my face in lights or my name in marquees found down on Broadway. Concrete jungle where dreams are made of There's nothing you can't do Now you're in New York! On the avenue, there ain't never a curfew, ladies work so hard Such a melting pot, on the corner selling rock, preachers pray to God Hail a gypsy cab, takes me down from Harlem to the Brooklyn Bridge Some will sleep tonight with a hunger for more than an empty fridge. 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 Yeah! In New York!
All rights reserved. Intro Lyrics Meaning. Over the years, the Big Apple has inspired countless odes and lyrics in its honor. What makes each of those songs so powerful — and what makes Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" such a worthy successor to the crown — is the combination of the deeply personal and the universally iconic. The city at the heart of the song is both both a real, gritty place and an idealized, flashy dream.