New York State of Mind - Alicia Keyes and Jay-Z


"In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of. " Alicia

"In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of. " Alicia

☆ Classic 

New York State of Mind (2009) is an uplifting music video.

Directed by MTV VMA Awards.

Starring Alicia Keys and Jay-Z.

What I find remarkable about this video is that we get to see Shawn Carter transform backstage into Jay-Z. Shawn grabs his microphone, puts on his Yankees baseball cap and Jay-Z emerges from the back of the stage like Clark Kent emerging from a phone booth as Superman. Another remarkable point in the video is how Alicia uses the prior note to step into to spring off into her high notes when she belts out New York. The third remarkable point I find in this video is how composed they stay when someone jumps on stage at the end. Both acknowledge the stage intruder and then stay in character and the audience does likewise and the stage intruder is left isolated, alone and looking foolish. The audience empathy stays with Alicia and Jay-Z.





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Trivia - The MTV VMA Awards show was the first tie Alicia and Jay-Z performed the song together on stage.

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