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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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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

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Emmy Rossum and Sam Esmail getting down on the dance floor at The Guggenheim to Alicia Keys’ ‘Empire State Of Mind’ | New York, May 28, 2017

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Oooh oooh, New York
Oooh oooh, New York

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 could make it here
I could make it anywhere
That’s what they say
Seeing my face in lights
Or my name in marquees found down on Broadway

Even if it ain’t 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
Someone sleeps tonight with a hunger
From more than an empty fridge

I’m making 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 streets 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 compared
Put your lighters in the air
Everybody say yeah, yeah yeah

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

Empire State of Mind

As soon as they’d decided they were going to go and Jamie had found out when the funeral was going to be, Jeremy made the arrangements for he and Jamie to fly to New York to see his boyfriends family. He knew it was a sombre visit, that his boyfriend was hurting at the loss of his stepfather even if they’d not parted on the best of terms, but the little vampire couldn’t help his slight excitement. 

He’d never been to New York and had always wanted to go, and the fact that he was getting the chance to meet his boyfriends family, as exactly that, Jamie’s boyfriend had Jeremy even more excited and nervous. He wanted to make a good impression of course, even if he and Jamie couldn’t be open about their relationship the whole trip away, it was still so much more than they could be on the island. Jeremy couldn’t keep his hands off Jamie while they were on the plane, in the airport and catching a cab to the nice hotel he’d booked for them. As the cab took them down the iconic and busy streets, Jeremy’s eyes were practically glued out of the window but his arm remained slung around Jamie’s shoulder. “I bet this is all really boring for you considering you grew up here.” 

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Empire State of Mind Part II
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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!