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"Empire State of Mind" Jay-Z / Alicia Keys


1981年1月25日、ニューヨーク市マンハッタンにて、法律関係の仕事に携わるアイルランド系イタリア人の母親Terri Augelloとジャマイカ人の父親Craig Cookとの間に生まれたアリシアは、2歳で両親が離婚し(現在は復縁)、母親の下、幼少期をヘルズ・キッチンで過ごす。7歳からピアノをはじめ、ベートーヴェン、モーツァルトやショパンといったクラシックからジャズまで幅広く音楽を学ぶ。14歳の時、デビューアルバムにも収録されている楽曲「バタフライズ(Butterlyz)」を作曲。ピアノだけでなく、学業と歌唱のレッスンをこなしていた。16歳で地元の芸術・演劇系の高校を首席で卒業しコロンビア大学に入学するも、音楽活動に専念するために4週間で中退。
2001年、デビュー・アルバム『ソングス・イン・Aマイナー』を発売、世界中で1,200万枚を売り上げ、2001年で最も売れている新人歌手と最も売れているR&B歌手になった。
私生活では2010年5月27日に音楽プロデューサーのスウィズ・ビーツと婚約、妊娠していることを発表。かねてから交際は噂されていたが、当初は否定していた。また、交際が噂されていた当時、スウィズ側には妻マションダと子どもがおり、その後スウィズは離婚した。2012年7月31日、二人は仏領コルシカ島で結婚式を挙げた。 

(Jay-Z)
Yeah,
Yeah, Imma up at Brooklyn,
Now I’m down in Tribeca,
Right next to DeNiro,
But I’ll be hood forever,
I’m the new Sinatra,
And since I made it here,
I can make it anywhere,
Yeah they love me everywhere
I used to cop in Harlem,
All of my dominicanos
Right there up on broadway,
Brought me back to that McDonalds,
Took it to my stash spot,
Five Sixty Stage street,
Catch me in the kitchen like a simmons whipping pastry,
Cruising down 8th street,
Off white lexus,
Driving so slow but BK is from Texas,
Me I’m up at Bedsty,
Home of that boy Biggie,
Now I live on billboard,
And I brought my boys with me,
Say wat up to Ty Ty, still sipping Malta
Sitting courtside Knicks and Nets give me high fives,
Nigga I be spiked out, I can trip a referee,
Tell by my attitude that I most definitely from
I made you hot n-gga,
Catch me at the X with OG at a Yankee game,
Shit I made the yankee hat more famous than a yankee can,
You should know I bleed Blue, but I aint a crip tho,
But I got a gang of niggas walking with my click though,
Welcome to the melting pot,
Corners where we selling rocks,
Afrika bambaataa shit,
Home of the hip hop,
Yellow cap, gypsy cap, dollar cab, holla back,
For foreigners it aint fitted they forgot how to act,
8 million stories out there and their naked,
Cities is a pity half of y’all won’t make it,
Me I gotta plug Special Ed “I got it made,”
If Jesus payin LeBron, I’m paying Dwayne Wade,
3 dice cee-lo
3 card marley,
Labor day parade, rest in peace Bob Marley,
Statue of Liberty, long live the World trade,
Long live the king yo,
I’m from the empire state thats

(Alicia Keys)
In New York,
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of,
Theres nothing you can’t do,
Now you’re in New York,
these streets will make you feel brand new,
The lights will inspire you,
Lets here it for New York, New York, New York
Welcome to the bright light..

(Jay-Z)
Lights is blinding,
Girls need blinders
so they can step out of bounds quick,
The side lines is blind with casualties,
Who sipping life casually, then gradually become worse,
Don’t bite the apple Eve,
Caught up in the in crowd,
Now your in-style,
And in the winter gets cold en vogue with your skin out,
The city of sin is a pity on a whim,
Good girls gone bad, the cities filled with them
Mommy took a bus trip and now she got her bust out,
Everybody ride her, just like a bus route,
Hail Mary to the city your a Virgin,
And Jesus can’t save you life starts when the church ends,
Came here for school, graduated to the high life,
Ball players, rap stars, addicted to the limelight,
MDMA got you feeling like a champion,
The city never sleeps better slip you a Ambien

(Alicia Keys)
In New York,
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of,
Theres nothing you can’t do,
Now you’re in New York,
These streets will make you feel brand new,
The lights will inspire you,
Lets here 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 yeaaahh
Come on, come,
yeah,
In New York,
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of,
Theres nothing you can’t do,
Now you’re in New York,
These streets will make you feel brand new,
The lights will inspire you,
Lets here it for New York, New York, New York