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Replace Sinatra With Jay-Z ? Are You F***ing Kidding Me ?

by @ 3:07 pm on June 4, 2010. Filed under Frank Sinatra, Music


In his massive hit “Empire State of Mind,” Jay-Z raps that he’s “the new Sinatra.” And it turns out he wasn’t joking.

During Saturday’s 142nd running of the Belmont Stakes, “Empire” will be played as the horses are brought out onto the race track, replacing Sinatra’s classic “New York, New York,” according to a spokesperson for the New York Racing Association.

“[It's] the quintessential 21st century theme song for New York City,” an NYRA official told The Associated Press.

A spokesperson for the NYRA confirmed the change to MTV News.

“New York, New York,” (or, as it’s actually called, “Theme From ‘New York, New York,’ “) is most closely associated with Sinatra, though it was actually written for — and first recorded by — Liza Minnelli for the 1977 Martin Scorsese film of the same name. Sinatra recorded it for his 1980 album Trilogy: Past, Present And Future, and it became the last of his many signature numbers.

Sinatra’s version has been performed as the field for the Belmont Stakes makes its way to the starting gate since 1997. Before that, the vaudeville tune “Sidewalks of New York” was performed. At Saturday’s race — which is held at Belmont Park on Long Island — teen singer Jasmine Villegas will perform “Empire.”

No. Fucking. Way.

And no, I’m not going to embed Jay-Z’s atrocious piece of crap, you can Google it.

Oh, and how would Frank respond if he were around ?

Something like this:

3 Responses to “Replace Sinatra With Jay-Z ? Are You F***ing Kidding Me ?”

  1. Oh well, such is the nature of PROGRESS.

  2. dougisalawyer says:

    fuck that. jay z who? pro tools magic and a man who can’t perform live. i’m more of a dean martin fan, but hats off to sinatra. blue eyes could perform and that song is synonymous with him. there are times when it’s ok to be a relic and spare ourselves from the disappoints of terrible trends.

    plus, jay z and rubin stole a good ice t hook. 99 problems and a bitch aint one. never has misogyny sounded so sweet.

  3. While I disagree with the change (let’s face it, “New York, New York” is a classic), as someone who loves hip hop music (and other kinds)…I can’t agree with your description of “Empire State of Mind” as “atrocious”.

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