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Golden State of Mind
September 23, 2009, 10:14 pm
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HOVA’s newest album dropped earlier this month “The Blueprint 3”

If you haven’t listened to it, I highly suggest you do. Jay-Z is arguably one of the greatest rappers out there, I admire him from an artist’s standpoint, as well as a person. He made a name for himself, is making money as an entertainer, and an entrepreneur. He always gives credit when credit is due, and he has a fan base that’s more diverse than his hometown.

You don’t usually see many white collar workers mouthing the words to Big Pimpin’, while hoodlums down the street are bumpin’ Feelin’ it..

but this entry is about one of the many hot singles off his newest album called “Empire State of Mind”

Talib Kweli tweeted that if you’re from New York, this song will give you chills. But you don’t have to be an NY native to appreciate this masterpiece of a song.

I’ve been waiting a while for a song to blast on the radio, that feels like a classic. Truly, my ears have been itching for this.

But the reason why I have been putting this song on heavy rotation is this..
Jay-Z pays respect to his home of NY, where the true essence of this city is really only understood by its residents.

New York is a symbol of freedom, an escape from a new world into a new opportunity– where Lady Liberty greeted so many of our descendants and gave them a place to call home.

It is the gateway to the New World. and now, as the song so accurately states,
“The concrete jungle where dreams are made of, these lights will inspire you.”

Jay-Z, Ms. Keys, Mos Def, Talib, and many others have called this wonderful state their home, and represent with great pride.

This song is not just about New York.
This song is about being proud of where you are from..
and paying homage to what you called home, because it has shaped you into the person you are.

It is about understanding your roots, respecting those who have come before you, and recognizing that your experiences may not have been made into positive outcomes..

So here I will pay tribute to the west coast..
where people came in search for gold,
and came back with so much more..
to Los Angeles, where pictures were brought to motion, and brought to life,
where the sun is always shining,

and we dance in the rain..
where stars live among us,
and is the home of the Angels,
this is the home of the Dodgers,
the Clippers,
the Raiders, and the Chargers,
.. and whole ‘nother Galaxy..
of bloods, and crips, and vatos..
the land where the ground shakes,
where we can drive to the Sunset..
snow falls on our mountains,
sand fills our deserts,
where waves crash on our coastlines,
and sequoias thrive in our forests
this is the land built on ancient ground,
the home of the cowboy, the wild west,
and the wild traffic..
the 710 the 110, the 405, the 105, 91, 57, 60, 215, 210, 101, and everything in between

where we may not have 106th & Park,
but we do have Griffith, Echo, Villa, and Buena..

We don’t have the Hudson River,
but we have a riverside..

we don’t have a LAKE but

and although this is a place where we’re still learning how to live together..

this is also the land of opportunity,
and the roads are paved with gold..


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And how do you end a great night that was filled with good vibes, good times, good music, good stories, good food and drinks, and most importantly amazing people? You read something like this before going to sleep. So beautifully written about the place I call home. This was wonderful, Tash. Inspired by the music and the drive tonight? 🙂

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