JAY-Z INSPIRES THE WELSH
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.