Question: Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” replaced Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” at the Belmont Stakes a few weeks ago. Now Jay-Z allegedly wants the Yankees to follow suit? Should “Empire State of Mind” replace “New York, New York,” as the pinstripes “themesong?”
As tacky as it is for Jay-Z to lobby for the honor, I think it could be time. Sinatra’s tune is a classic, and frankly the thought of replacing a classic like “New York, New York” with something from the contemporary hip-hop scene makes me ill.
At the same time, “Empire State of Mind” is probably one of the top ten radio-airplay hip-hop tracks of the last ten years, and is actually an incredibly wonderful song that is simply moving and inspiring. Alicia Keyes and Jay-Z are both from New York, and their ode to the city is an appropriate theme-song for the city’s greatest team.
NO. History and tradition are huge parts of sports. Love them or hate them, for better or worse, the Yankees have been a big part of American history as professional sports' most recognizable, successful (and most hateful) franchise.
“New York, New York” is a part of the Yankees.
I’m all for “Empire State…” being played in the stadium prior to a Yankee game, but in no way should it replace Sinatra as the soundtrack of the Yanks.
Sorry Jay-Z, you can go pound sand. Plus, the title isn’t even original, clearly ripped off of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind.”