A Swansea state of mind

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A Welsh spoof of the Jay-Z and Ali­cia Keys hit Em­pire State of Mind that clocked up more than two mil­lion YouTube hits in a mat­ter of weeks has been re­moved from the site. New­port (Ymero­draeth State of Mind) fea­tures lyrics writ­ten by 24-year-old Lon­doner MJ De­laney to fit around the hip-hop tune, and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing video that is a par­ody of the orig­i­nal. The re­vised lyrics swap ref­er­ences to Brook­lyn and the Yan­kees for ru­mi­na­tions on Swansea and TV pre­sen­ter and New­port na­tive Josie D’Arby. The song has even spawned a ri­poste by Welsh com­edy-rap group Goldie Lookin Chain.

The par­o­died ver­sion of the song was per­formed by rapper Alex War­ren and singer Terema Wain­wright, but EMI Mu­sic Pub­lish­ing – who own the copy­right to the orig­i­nal – have had it re­moved.

All is not lost, how­ever – it can still be viewed on nu­mer­ous other sites, for the time be­ing, at least.

Sheep­ish: Alex War­ren and Terema Wain­wright

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