When Jay-Z and Alicia Keys dropped “Empire State of Mind” in 2009, it was hard to go anywhere in NYC without hearing it. The loud and proud anthem made its debut when I was fresh out of school and really beginning my journey through the city. It filled me with pride and awe. I had never really felt that I belonged where I grew up (a small “city” in Western Mass) but the irresistible hook grounded me in my new home.
However, after a few years, even I got sick of that song. I still love it but it was played to DEATH. It pushed me to the point where I didn’t want to hear it again any time soon. The good people at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert just changed that for me.
The newest episode of Colbert’s show adapted the song for their opening segment, changing up the lyrics to push a different kind of messaging. Not one welcoming me to the city but one saying “Screw You” to soon to be ex-President and already ex-New Yorker Donald Trump.
Just last week, Trump claimed he would not be giving a newly developed vaccine to New York State. It was a stupidly political move that barely makes sense as Trump won’t even be president by the time the vaccine is ready to be given out. So the folks at The Late Show spoke for, I like to think, all New Yorkers with a resounding and melodic “Screw You.”
Frankly, I’ll never get tired of this song now.
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