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I remember walking down dark NY streets in my Timbs and leather jacket with headphones BLASTING Reasonable Doubt. That was MY record!! MINE. I lived it, I breathed it, I knew every word.

The stories that he spit described this underworld of NY that I dodged daily. The way he put together lyrics was a poetry that challenged the songwriter in me to dig deeper, to try harder to find more inspiration in the everyday stories that surrounded me.

I was and continue to be greatly inspired by JAY Z. He is relentless. He has an intelligence that is subtle and deeper than most can comprehend.

It baffles me that only now an MC is being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, yet at the same time it makes perfect sense that He is the first.

So congratulations to the Boss for being the epitome of the American Dream and for writing the soundtrack to inspire generations forever!!

Love and blessings!!

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Jay-Z and DJ Kool Herc, photographed on the video set of the Hype Williams-directed “Empire State of Mind” in Times Square by Lenny Santiago on September 30, 2009.

The video, which served as a visual New York love story, was released on October 30. The 5x Platinum-certified single itself was Hov’s highest-charting as a lead artist to date, spending five consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. It was his fourth #1 single overall. At the 53rd Grammy Awards ceremony the track won “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” and “Best Rap Song.”

Billboard’s 100 Greatest Award Show Performances of All Time

Jay Z featuring Alicia Keys with “Empire State of Mind” at the MTV Video Music Awards, 2009, ranks at number 55

Beyoncé’s Video Vanguard Medley of her self-titled album, at the Video Music Awards, 2014, ranks at number 46

Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks with “Daddy Lessons” and “Long Time Gone” at the Country Music Awards, 2016, ranks at number 33

Beyoncé’s Love On Top performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, 2011, ranks at number 22

Beyoncé’s Lemonade Medley at the MTV Video Music Awards, 2016, takes the top spot at #1

Truly, Beyonce’s only real competition here was herself from two years earlier. But while her self-titled performance in ‘14 was still essentially a medley, this was nothing less than one-act drama in which Bey was star, playwright and conductor, taking a baseball bat to any performer who dared laze their way through a performance, thinking sheer star power would put them over. It was memorable and meme-able, technically proficient and emotionally enthralling, unpredictable and thoroughly un-followable. It was Beyonce at the VMAs, and it gets no better than that.

The 100 Greatest Award Show Performances of All Time

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, photographed on the set of the Hype Williams-directed “Empire State of Mind” on the Red Stairs in Times Square by Lenny Santiago on September 30, 2009. 

The video, which served as a visual New York love story, was released on October 30. The 5x Platinum-certified single itself was Hov’s highest-charting as a lead artist to date, spending five consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. It was his fourth #1 single overall. At the 53rd Grammy Awards ceremony the track won “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” and “Best Rap Song.”

Empire State of Mind Part II
Alicia Keys
Empire State of Mind Part II

Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind Part II

Oooooohh New York x2

Grew up in a town that is famous as the place of movie scenes
Noise was 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 on marquees found down on Broadway

Even if it ain��셳 all it seems, I got a pocketful of dreams
Baby, I’m from New York
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it for New York, New York, 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 far more than an empty fridge

I’m gonna make it by any means, I got a pocketful of dreams
Baby, I’m from New York
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These street will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it for New York, New York, New York!

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, yeah, yeah, yeah

In New York
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These street will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it for New York!