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Absolutely awesome track! Great live, even better in full production, whether blasting out at a BBQ or with the roof down - it's all good. The marriage of the hard lyric, thumping beat and Alicia's soaring voice is sublime!
Best rap/crossover track of the year, as Jay-Z and Alicia Keys take us on a lyrical journey around their home state - and yes, at times it becomes a bit of a shout-out, but Jay-Z's vocals have never been better and he packs so much in that the track feels longer (longer in a good way) than its 4:37 running time. Alecia Keys' voice has never been stronger than on the incredibly catchy chorus, and that's led her to do her own version without Jay-Z, but it pales in comparison. I think in 10 years time we'll be looking back on this as a classic.
Fantastic beat, great melody and a phenomanal singer on the hook. What more could you ask for? The answer is nothing. As a Londoner from the UK, this track hit me, inspiring a love of New York as if i was born and bred there