NY Mag investigates Jay-Z’s Boerum Hill shout out

24 10 2009


Rapper Jay-Z’s newest hit Empire State of Mind is a thumping I-love-New-York anthem whose chorus can truly make you feel proud to be a New Yorker:

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,
big lights will inspire you,
Let’s hear it for New York, New York, New York

Jigga gives the requisite shout-outs to Bed-Stuy and Harlem, but BOERUM HILL?? Course, it sounds better when Alicia Keys sing it than written so check the the audio below. The shout out is at 0:28. Check out the lyrics:

I used to cop in Harlem
All of my Dominicanos (Hey yo)
Right there off of Broadway
Brought me back to that McDonalds
Took it to my stash spot
560 State Street
Catch me in the kitchen like Simmons whipping Pastry

So what the hell does that all mean? Honestly, I don’t know, but New York Magazine did an interesting look into the reference. Apparently Hova used to live at the residence. Anyone else live there or used to see Jay-Z around the hood?

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