Friday, October 2, 2009

DON'T SAY I AIN'T NEVER GIVE YOU ANYTHING: CLIP & FLICKS OF JAY-Z SHOOTING "EMPIRE STATE OF MIND" MUSIC VIDEO


Posted by: Roxxanne Roxxanne


This past Wednesday MC Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and R&B singer/homewrecker (if you let Mashonda tell it...LOL!), Alicia Keys shot the video for "Empire State of Mind" off of Jay-Z's current album The Blueprint 3. The music video was shot by famed music video director Hype Williams in the New York City neighborhood of Tribeca and around Ground Zero.



Keys explained to MTV News how her colloboration with Jay-Z on "Empire State of Mind" came about. Keys says, "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 said 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."


Below is a 30 second clip of Jay-Z filming the music video and a couple of pictures of him on set.











Lil Mama don't even cut your eyes in the direction of where they are shooting the video, cause just know Ta-Ta is ready to mace the sh*t out of you, if you even contemplate mean-mugging your way in their direction. Jury adjourned!






Clip courtesy of Sohh

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