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An on­line par­ody of a Jay-Z hit that swaps New York for a mod­est Welsh port town has won hun­dreds of thou­sands of fans.

“New­port (Ymero­draeth State of Mind),” a comic trib­ute to Jay-Z and Ali­cia Keys’ 2009 sin­gle “Em­pire State of Mind,” has been viewed more than 1.65 mil­lion times on YouTube and drawn praise for its witty lyrics. Ymero­draeth is Welsh for em­pire.

Mor­gan Jane De­laney, a 24-year-old filmmaker, shot a near frame-by-frame recre­ation of the orig­i­nal mu­sic video, but in the less glam­orous sur­round­ings of the south Wales city. She said the con­cept be­gan as a pri­vate joke, but snow­balled.

“When you’re in New­port. Chips, cheese, curry makes you feel brand new, washed down with a Spe­cial Brew,” the lyric reads, re­fer­ring to a lo­cal fast-food meal and a su­per-strength beer.

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