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Jay-Z feat Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind Lyrics and Video




Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z feat Alicia Keys, Music Lyrics and Video

Empire State of Mind is the third single by hip hop rapper Jay-Z, from his eleventh studio album, The Blueprint 3. The song was produced by Shux and co-produced by Janet “Jnay” Sewell-Ulepic & Angela Hunte.
The record features the dynamic vocals of R&B-soul singer Alicia Keys, complimented with some choice words on life perspectives from Jay himself. Some of his best collaborative work to date with vocalists.
It’s the city’s image personified by Jay’s words, which manage to tap the core of those still wearing Timbs because, deep down, everyone wants to reach the level of opulence that Jay has… he just beat us there & seemingly left us behind. Yet, he reminds that he’s still connected to the city that never sleeps by going back & describing the life that lives there day and night.
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys performed the song live at MTV Video Awards 2009.

The music video was was directed by Hype Williams and was filmed on October 1, 2009, in Harlem, Times Square and around Ground Zero of New York City.

You can listen the song here, this is the official video.

Jay-Z - Empire State of Mind featuring Alicia Keys Lyrics

[Jay-Z]
Yeah,
Yeah, Imma up at Brooklyn,
now Im 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,
N-gga i be spiked out, i can trip a referee,
tell by my attitude that I most definitely from…

[Alicia Keys]
In 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,
the lights will inspire you,
lets here it for New York, New York, New York

[Jay-Z]
I made you hot n-gga,
Catch me at the X with OG at a Yankee game,
sh-t i made the yankee hat more famous than a yankee can,
you should know I bleed Blue, but I ain’t a crip tho,
but i got a gang of n-ggas walking with my click though,
welcome to the melting pot,
corners where we selling rocks,
Afrika Bambaataa sh-t,
home of the hip hop,
yellow cap, gypsy cap, dollar cab, holla back,
for foreigners it ain’t 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 that’s

[Chorus]

In 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,
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

[Chorus]

In 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,
the lights will inspire you,
lets here it for New York, New York, New York

[Alicia Keys]
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
come on, come,
yeah,

[Chorus]

In 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,
the lights will inspire you,
lets here it for New York, New York, New York

[End]

Song Information

Released September 8, 2009 (airplay)
Recorded 2009 (2009)
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:37
Label Roc Nation, Atlantic
Writers S. Carter, A. Shuckburgh, A. Keys, A. Hunte, J. Sewell-Ulepic
Producer Al Shux, Janet “Jnay” Sewell-Ulepic, Angela Hunte


90 Responses to “Jay-Z feat Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind Lyrics and Video”

  1. timon Says:

    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,

    well it sucks xD

  2. dale Says:

    no man you suck this song is the shizzy

  3. murph canada Says:

    nice to see more NY songs about the gratest city anywhere hope to go
    great song

  4. jontae Says:

    i luv this song

  5. yvonne Says:

    this song is best it rocks

  6. danny jauregui Says:

    this song is the bomb jay z rocks and alicia keys lookes fine in the video

  7. eshin Says:

    Its bad that a song with such a good beat is used to defame Christ. Jesus still saves!!! Christ’s love is whole and reaches down to the core of your soul when you see the light and no there isn’t any so bright. Sins are forgiven when you old ways you’ve forsaken. Embrace the life freely given by God, through Jesus our Lord

  8. jami Says:

    ..people stop hate’n!!! the lyrics, the beat, hit the spot. u can tell a great song when u catch yourself singing it in the store out loud and everyone around you spits out the ending chorus!!!

  9. michaela x Says:

    s’an awesome song and wow that must’ve been awesome

  10. stephanie Says:

    this iz tha best song ive ever herd!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Ricky Says:

    this song souds like new york state of mind by nas,

  12. Sad Says:

    “And Jesus can’t save you, life begins when the church ends”

    Why is that lyric in this song? Why is Jay-z so anti-christ. LISTEN TO THE LYRICS.

    WITH A “GOOD/CATCHY” BEAT COMES BAD LYRICS (specially which defame Christ e.g “run this town”).

    Please don’t be fooled by the music industry, open your eyes, open your ears.

  13. J-Z n A-K Says:

    It weird that the writer himself denies Jesus and the singer helping to publish this kind of thought! I do know that when pop starts or all kind of singers receive their AWARD, first cross their mind to thank is JESUS Lord, so what happened now? Is Jesus not good any more? Come on, I love the SONG BADLY, but the purposes got defied when you I heard Jesus is not the Savior. Question to JZ or AK, do you really that Anti-Jesus? I hope you guys are not; I do not want to be insulted. Probably I am religious, but there are millions out there thinking like me too. I really really Love yeh and cheers

  14. Canuck Says:

    “Let’s HEAR it for New York…” not ‘here’

  15. oyin Says:

    Lovely song. M in love with d song. This is another hit song

  16. lakasha Says:

    I thing someone needs to wash his mouth out with soap, vinegar, & peroxide!!!!!!!!

  17. Gina Says:

    I think that if you can’t use Jesus’ name in a good term than you should not use it. Singing a song out loud does not mean the song is stating things that are offensive to others, it just goes to prove that listening or doing things over and over becomes a habit. Let a parrot listen to it a few times it will sing it out loud 2!!!

  18. ash Says:

    well maybe it’s not jay who’s denying Jesus but New York’s lifestyle overall? actually i’m pretty sure that’s what he means..

  19. Melissa Says:

    Her song is inspiring. After what new yorkers have been through we need a theme song! New York Rocks!

  20. jennifer Says:

    THE SONG ROCKS- KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK-JAY-Z AND ALICIA KEYS. FROM A DIE-HARD FAN

  21. dee Says:

    i think the part where “Jesus can’t save you” refers to the sinners in the city… but that’s just me. That’s how i understood the lyrics… “life starts when the church ends”, well i’ve my own interpretation too. that you get to start doing stuff after going to church. that you start acting on it, do the right things.. isn’t that LIFE? what you get to do? again, that’s just me ^^

  22. flettestone Says:

    Great melody on the hook. but only melody and beat. that’w why you sing it in the mall. that why you have to be careful what you listen to. but Comin from “Hovah”, he would have to be against Christ seeing as he thinks he is God. think about it. if jesus paying lebron i’m Dwayne Wade. As if he could compete.

  23. Sparkling Lady C Says:

    Alicia Keys Rocks it. That woman can blow!!! Jay Z great collab. lyrics are right on.

  24. luvsmymusic Says:

    they don’t need to be saying nothing bout jesus unless its giving him thanks.. luved the beat… the chorus.. the jesus part ruined it for me.. and Jesus can save cuz he saved me!!…

  25. whiteboyinla Says:

    Even middle aged white boys from LA love this song. “…these lights will inspire you…” REALLY!

  26. Jewel Says:

    Why are Christians always the first to judge people? Its that kind of stuff that pushed me away from being a Christian and going to church. No one has the right to judge people for what they do or say except God, so leave it up to him.. I think it’s a great song!!

  27. STEK Says:

    for the lyrics, it’s “State street” Not “stage street” I used to used that street as a short cut to get lunch, plus it’s sippin’ “mai tais” not “maltas”.

  28. vuvu Says:

    I am hooked on this song!It is great

  29. AT-C Says:

    First of all, I listen to the version with Alicia Keys alone, however, I know she has to know his lyrics as well. In saying that, I hope that she doesn’t think the way he does. I’ve read several comments on what they think Jay-Z means, but it is what it is. He’s saying exactly what he means. Leave Jesus out of it. Go back to some of his other songs and see if you can interpret those negative comments too about Jesus. The melody is beautiful, but let’s not get desensitized to what people are saying no matter WHO it is saying them.

  30. Marcie Says:

    Music to me is one of the things that keeps me going…. but when I hear a really good song with an awesome beat that bashes Jesus and his saving power, I am REALLY disappointed. I do believe that Jesus saves lives because I myself have witnessed and experienced his saving power. And no, Christians aren’t always the first to judge people. They are the first to take a STAND and don’t COMPROMISE!!! We all choose our paths…

  31. anais Says:

    cette chanson elle est génial !!! ya pas mieux !

  32. Mario Kraeft Says:

    Great hymn for New York, fits also for BERLIN.

  33. MAURICIO MONTOYA Says:

    GOD THIS IS THE SONG FOR THIS COUPLE….. YOU TAKE THE THE SKY WITH ONE HAND WITH IT GOD BLESS YOU ALICIA AND JAY Z …… COMO DIRIA EL VIEJO JUANES UNA CHIMBA PAPA…….

  34. Fergia Says:

    nice beat, nice lyrics till the point JESUS the SAVIOUR of all is insulted. Can’t stand it!!!

  35. solomon Says:

    ”I’M SO PROUD OF U ALICIA” JAY-z Ur the beeeeeeest one of the WORLD. GOOOOOOD JOB ALICIA&JAY Z!!##)))).

  36. silensar Says:

    this song kills. je kiffe trop tout est quasi reussie dans le truc

  37. Miley Cyrus Says:

    This song is cool i jam with my friend mandy to it!

  38. Austin Eyituoyor Says:

    One of the Hottest Beat I have heard in recent years and Thanks to JAY-Z and Alicia Key. This song is mind blowing and forget about the Jesus Line in the song, JAY-Z is not Anti-Jesus, I definitely believe he means something else than the initial interpretation.

  39. meee Says:

    i used to love this song until i heard the Lyrics jesus cant save u
    life starts when church ends! how could u insult jesus like jesus can save you cuz u r here and at the end of the day jz will have to give thnxs to the lord for this oppurtunity and look now he is a millionair and NO christians are NOT JUDGEMENTAL we just respect and love our lord

  40. marika Says:

    when he says “Jesus can’t save you life starts when the church ends” it doesnt mean there is no god or they dont believe in god. it means that everything that makes you feel good is against any religion. so its all about partying and going crazy in new york city and thats what it means. LOVE THE SONG!!!!!!

  41. THE ANTI -ROCK Says:

    let me state that Jay-Z [former favorite of mine] is a mason . they have a belife system based on the devil promise of knowlege and power he got it but at what cost. PEOPLE PLEASE LOOK ALL THIS UP DONT BELIVE ME OR ANYONE ELSE READ IT YOUR SELF [GOOGLE]. dont be taken in by stardom of anyone. A LINE MUST BE DRAWN. DONT YOU KNOW HIP HOP IS THE NEW ROCK……PLEASE PRAY!!!!!!!IN JESUS NAME I WRITE THESES WORDS

  42. G Says:

    ‘And Anna Wintour gets cold, in Vogue with your skin out’ Talking about the girls who are selling out to wear fashion. Anna Wintour is the editor of Vogue Magazine and huge in NYC. This is what Jay-Z says

  43. taricha Says:

    i love Alicia and Jay-Z my brother is from NYC

  44. Pamr7777 Says:

    I’m a 56 year old white professional woman and I can’t get that song out of my head. I prefer the Alicia Keys solo.

  45. avril dunn Says:

    THIS IS MY SONG FOR 2010 - LUV-LUV THE LYRICS - THEY REALLY INSPIRE ME TO GREATNESS - NOT ONLY PERSONALLY BUT SPIRITUALLY AS WELL - HELPS ONE TO BE AWARE OF HOW THE LURE OF BIG CITY LIGHTS CAN INSPIRE YOU TO GREATNESS BUT IF YOU ARE NHOT GROUNDED IN YOUR BELIEFS AND VALUE SYSTEM THAT YOU WERE RAISED IN YOU CAN SOMETIMES SLIP AND FALL ……SOME RECOVER…..OTHERS DON’T ….A LOT OF FAMOUS PEOPLE ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO CAME FROM LIVES OF POVERTY WERE RAISED WITH STRONG SPIRITUAL BELIEFS AND VALUES - ALL IT’S SAYING IS THAT ALTHOUGH PEOPLE SOMETIMES MAKE IT IN THE BIG TIME THEY DO SO AT A PERSONAL COST……THE SONG ROCKS - U GOTTA BE ABLE TO INTERPRET POETRY TO FULLY UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE THIS SONG!!!!

  46. laurie Says:

    i love this song. i read all the comments and i think that all of the holy people should calm down. What i got out of the “Life starts, when church ends”, is that people have a tendency to forget about God and continue on with things outside of church. i dont think it was derogatory agains Christ. and the part that says “Jesus can’t save you”, i got from that, that alot of people feel hopeless like they can’t be saved. If you are not a person that has struggeled in Christ, you wouldnt understand. I believe that Christ is our savoir, but people tend to forget, I think that is a part of Life for some people. This song just points it out. Love the song

  47. Guera,Joanna,Jozy Says:

    unas de mi favoritas canconies
    one of my favorite songs

  48. sal Says:

    first of all are you from ny.ican bet if your not you will never get this song.us newyorkers are a rare breed and i dare anyone to come f*CK with us ecuse my language. have you lost loved ones ?do you have loved ones who are silently dying from 911.jay z isnt putting the church down you are .this song is about living and the choices we make if you cant understand that than i feel sorry for you . we need to stick togather so please stop all the hating. my 7 year old son got the message of this song why cant you ?alicia and jay z i want to thank you for giving newyork what it needs .

  49. wilson Says:

    u guys r rocking here in uganda AFRICA just keep up n who wrote that lyrics,,,….

  50. cindy Says:

    I initially heard this song sung by a great band in Las Vegas. I then heard again in Canada, not realizing who sang it. I was so intrigued by it that I searched and searched until I found out it was Jaz –Z/Alicia Keys. I must say I was happy to find it and play it several times. I also read that lyrics. I too take umbrage to the expression; “Jesus cannot save you, life starts when church ends”. I am not sure what that actually means to the person who wrote those words…writing them is one thing and singing them is another! I will continue to listen to this fantastic song and pray that Jay-Z does not not have that belief that Jesus cannot save you. Be careful, the Jesus who you claim can’t save you may take all that he has given to you away.. Good job on the beat and all of the lyrics…with the exception of that one phrase.

  51. paige Says:

    i love jay-z

  52. lil livi Says:

    I heard this song and i loved it instantly i think jay-z and alicia keys sound great in dis song

  53. Rasel Says:

    This is a amazing song

  54. qudus olatunji gazali Says:

    this one the best j hova song have listen to is jus t too nice, keep it up bro. just like theme song for lagos nigeria, i made it here i van make it anywhere.

  55. Bonga Says:

    Exceptional material. A breath of fresh air amidst all this carbon copy and prefabrication full in systems and radio. It made me realise that classical Hip Hop sound is still king. Re Jesus portion, These so-called fundamental and quick emotional Christians need to chill instead of judging Jigga. The guy wrote his opinion and never insulted while doing so. If you do believe the opposite of his expression about your saviour, then there is no need to worry. art is about expressing from the heart. one love to all those who love honest good music. thank you mr carter and ms keys:)

  56. kim Says:

    If he really love jesus rather he wrote the song or not you just wouldnt feel right saying it !!! period .

  57. Ben Says:

    Great song,i luv jigga,bt pls somebdy shld ask Jay-Z wat he mean in dat Jesus part,bcos he is nt singing to nykers alone bt to all around the wrld dat luv Jay-Z & AK

  58. shaydea Says:

    This song is so beautiful i love it yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. The people who sing this are da bomb like no joke

  59. David Says:

    Wow. The world is full of Jesus Freaks.
    Stop the bus I want to get off!

  60. jonsjon Says:

    jay aint against jesus his church goin family wouldnt allow him to bad mouth the lord as he has said more than once he thanks him for the chance he got to turn his life around as in ( from rags tn riches) poor guy makes good x yo jigga

  61. simone sopenni Says:

    i love this song badly that i have print it from the net so i can learn it.people who judge are the most crazy and satan, because only GOD can judge.so ALICIA and JAY-Z rock and yeah i like their stylethe clip is hot hot hot.when i watch it of listen to it i put the all the volume so my neighbuor think i am crazy, but it doesn’t matter.Go for it guys

  62. hector kabunu Says:

    this is nyc alicia and jayz, may God continue to inspire you

  63. rosie Says:

    i love forever

  64. anon Says:

    Jay Z,
    Get off your high horse and look back to where you came from. you are a fu*** discrase. Leave the NY song to pro Alicia Keys, she can do it without your conseided ass. I thing your girl friend also needs a wake up call. You guys aint no GODS , keep dreaming before your back on the streets smellin everyones ASS. Seemes all the talented people are the ones that you steal from !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not YOU nigger.

  65. Jay fan Says:

    Hes saying…
    And Jesus cant save you..(because) the “lights” (nightlife) start where the church ends (geography) He’s illustrating to the girl “caught up in the in-crowd” that she is leaving innocence “addicted to the limelight”. That’s a righteous warning to me, even if you left out.. “Don’t bite the apple Eve”
    He’s doing what he does well, portraying what the rich and famous life is REALLY like.

  66. fren Says:

    He is only telling the truth, says dramatically: Most live in sin and that most can not stand the pressure of the big city and the sin that is in it though attending a church. In that sense I think the song speaks

  67. Sydney Crawford Says:

    Well if you guys read the bible in the bible it says that
    lucifer was the angel of music. U ever find urself listening
    to a song and u get chill bumps? That’s because the music
    is hitting ur soul. The people who say they love this song and
    can’t stop listening to it the song is doing wat it was put out to do
    capture u. So I would be careful wat I listen to because it can play
    a big part in influencing ur life

  68. dwootton Says:

    such a dam shame that alecia keyes has come up with a fantastic song, one thats awesome and has class and style, if only she could have figured out a way to leave out the not so great mouthy lyrics of her so called protegy? shes definitely got a futuristic hit on her hands here, one she needs to elaborate much more on ? And if she leaves out J Z, it ll become a hit !!

  69. visitor Says:

    everybody freaked out by the jesus line, please read the lyrics carefully
    you dont read the bible like an instruction booklet, do you?
    well you obviously do because you are doing the same thing with these lyrics
    theres a thing called irony, and indeed irony is used both in the bible and this song
    its a warning from jay-z to the girls with a ‘jesus-cant-save-you-life-starts-when-church-ends’ mindset that they are a block away from biting the apple
    and if you really believe jay-z to be such an obvious satanist, do your righteous selves a big favor and never again pollute your ears and subconsciousness with his blasphemous lyricism
    dont listen to the song, simple eh?

  70. rebecca Says:

    Jayz your awesome with the singing

  71. DSCKSR Says:

    Those saying not to use the name of Jesus if saying something bad about it, should step back for a second and listen to yourself, you sound like a muslim saying the same thing about mohammed and their religion.

  72. longlife Says:

    Jesus is Lord…jay z is goin to be held accountable for every single thing he has said…he’s getting bolder and bolder because anit no body saying nothing…and call themselves justifying his mess…God is not mocked…and if ur a Christian you shouldn’t even be listening to this type of stuff unless it’s for research…if the music not giving God the Glory I anit listening to it…cause it’s all abt God any way…God Bless…and Jesus does save…the love of Christ alone saves us…even when we know were doin thing we know we not suppose to be doin God will still love you…what kinda love is tht!

  73. sam Says:

    i love this song. i read all the comments and i think that all of the holy people should calm down. What i got out of the “Life starts, when church ends”, is that people have a tendency to forget about God and continue on with things outside of church. i dont think it was derogatory agains Christ. and the part that says “Jesus can’t save you”, i got from that, that alot of people feel hopeless like they can’t be saved. If you are not a person that has struggeled in Christ, you wouldnt understand. I believe that Christ is our savoir, but people tend to forget, I think that is a part of Life for some people. This song just points it out. Love the song

  74. Elijah Cross Says:

    Anyone else notice the grammar problem? “Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.” Made of what?

  75. budala Says:

    ya fools,he didnt wrote this song…..he just singing it
    it doesnt mean that he is anti-christ

  76. Moneh Bondygit Says:

    Jay z you hav to be bold to accept who you are! A mason? Why are you shy? We understand that you don’t hate Jesus that’s why u’re shy to represent people that made u who u are well. Your lyrics hate christ but you deny it outside studio life. Christ 4 life you know that, but life is all about boldness, if u are not writing ur lyrics let us know if u are defend it cos u accepted the life in the first place, so stop this ur double life cos fans don’t like it, U’re d best in hip hop world. D music is smoking & hot but keep Christ out of your lyrics jay this is too much.

  77. Bailey Tyler Says:

    You all like it dont lie. And plus no one on her replying can sing that good anyway so your not one to be talking.

  78. crownedprince Says:

    Firstly, I ain’t a christian but a peace lovin muslim so I aint gat no reason to be so defensive. Thoug I enjoy d musuc so well, but I sure believ in jesus as a prophet sent by God and for dat reason, deemed it right to respect his existence and wld have to watch wha I say so as nt to abuse his(jesus) place which I think jay himself shd av clarified by lyrically expressin himself in a more elaborate manner if he’s truly got nofin to hide. Secondly, there’s no point cursin ourselves and using abusive words tryin 2 defend jay-z & jesus, while jay-z is somewhere chillin& enjoyin life. He shd speak 4himself. And d fact dt jay-z has d resource to sing and publish when & how he wants doesnt mean no one can do better, cos ‘I CAN’.

  79. Rojaz King Says:

    Song soundz really spiritual.I mean these guys are gifted but what are they trying to communicate to us? not really sure but so far, am not so amused when the giver of giftingz is ridiculed in the very giftingz he freely gives to his people. sorry,.. good flow, horrible message

  80. sean Says:

    Half of you that say that jay z didnt really mean what he said cant even spell, or speak english for that matter. Do some research and learn what kind of life style he really lives, he is a free mason and doesnt believe in christ at all, he only believes in himself. he is definitely living his best life now, but at what price. I can wait another 50 or 60 years to be with god then live my best life. Money is the root of all evil, the dollar bill is covered with satanic symbolism. I may not be the smartest person but I can see because my eyes are wide open, half of you have your eyes shut and are to ignorant to even understand what I mean by that.

  81. jo Says:

    He’s only saying the truth, good or bad, from God or Satan, Jesus can’t save you if you choose to turn away from him and you turn to sin. That’s the way I believe it was meant to be interpreted. If you takes the song as a whole it makes more sense that it’s not anti Christ. STILL only God knows what is written on a man’s heart so no one can really say either way. Life is like that sometimes. As Christian we need to walk in love and trust God to be the judge.

  82. Sandy Says:

    People blinded by religion.
    Church and Jesus are not same. That’s not it.
    Why can’t you understand the deeper meaning of this great song?

  83. Aldinah Says:

    J_Z and Alicia : Pls find someone to translate this coz I cant say it right in english coz I’m portuguse speaker: desde o primeiro dia que escutei esta musica pensei que eram anjos a cantar. tocou meu coracao e minha alma. voces sao melhores. Sonho encontrar-vos em New York. Thank you

  84. Nanna Larsen Says:

    Moving to New York next month, all the way from Denmark!
    I can’t wait, it have been my dream since forever. Love NY can’t belive it’s gonna be my hometown!

  85. John Says:

    The message describes the history of New York and how imigrents were transformed there,and people that became famous like BK and Spike

  86. manny Says:

    i hav neva bin to new york but this song maks me wanna be a new yorker i know every thing about the city even though i’ve neva bin there .new yorkers — be proud that u liv in the greatest f’kn city in the world1!! and stop bein religious nuts about a song it seems preety stupid. everyone knows what jay-z ment by those words

    i love new york

  87. yonten phuntsok Says:

    i love this song because the tune and voice of both singers are excellent. lyrics is crazy and real….i just love it..

  88. Kevin Hidden Says:

    Huh, Christ is a Jugalo, this century he isn’t causing much murder that is the Allah and Moose Limb cause for now. But HayZues is still a Jugalo for children and the childish.

  89. Armando ontariaxiz Says:

    First of all I love this song to my heart.
    Now to all those hard comments against JayZ..guys isn’t it just crazy that you don’t try to use some logic behind these finely carved lyrics. I don’t find any bug anywhere.
    Well there are two parts where people are getting so furious against Jazzy.
    1) If jesus paying Le’Bron I’m paying Dwayne Wade
    Now guys listen song very carefully, its not ‘JESUS’ in this line..the actual line is
    ‘If Jeezy paying Le’Bron I’m paying Dwayne Wade’
    This takes us back to a song by Jeezy where he says in a song, That he has to pay that much hundred dollars price for cocaine, which is the number in Le’Brone , a famous NBA star’s, jersey i.e, $24,000 per kg. And now the time has changed in New York. Even cocaine is too expensive, people have ruined their life with it and now Jay has to pay $30,000 per kg. 30 is again a jersey number of another famous NBA star Dwayne Wade.
    Now next part.
    2)Hail Mary to the city, you’re a virgin Jesus can’t save you, life starts when the church ends.
    This part is pretty clear, its not that Jesus can’t save all of us. Its strictly about prostitutes. How you can fall in a dungeon due to the hunger of sex in this big city. Supporting lines like mami took a bus trip now she got her bust out, everybody ride her just like a bus route. City of sin city’s filled wid them(prostitutes). Jaz iz awaring all of the people who have some big dreams to only be inspired By the big lights of the city that you should aim at shining like ‘em not turn into many of the bad tracks into which if you move not even mighty lord can save you. If you choose to go against His drawn good fate and involve in crime, and bad activities your life will always be away from church. That means the gate of Church seems to be closed for them. They think so, the god means nothing so its not necessary that church should mean anything for them. This is just the critical line for the people in the city who think they are above God, unaware of the omnipresent almighty, Jesus.
    It is always better to analyse the lines of a song being based on which scenario the entire song is focused at. If you start picking up few ‘lines’ only, disregarding the soul of song, its murder of the great finework attained by the hardwork and labour of the artist. Jesus also teaches us to be positive. I don’t think this rudeness is good when you think you are a Christian from inside of the heart. Thanks jayZ for this beautiful informative song. It teaches lots of lessons for people who simply give up their life in the hands of people who don’t give a damn to the supreme power of the world…THE GOD. And there’s only one GOD. Its your soul. Hope you guys now enjoy the real lyrics.

    Love this song <3

  90. Ternit Awf Says:

    As for JZ - now I know why deef people smile so much.

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