Hip-hop is coming to the World Series! Huge New York Yankees fan Jay-Z is set to perform his hit "Empire State of Mind" with Alicia Keys right before the Yanks take on the Phillies in Game 1 of the Series on Wednesday, according to the New York Daily News. "Thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee," Jay-Z said yesterday, invoking the famous quote by Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio.
Hova, who supports the team typically in Alex Rodriguez's box seats, called the performance a "once-in-a-lifetime experience" and said "Empire State of Mind" resonates beyond the city. "Really it's about inspiration, it's about hope--I think that's what connects with people," he said. "The song connects outside of New York. Every night I play it, there's a monster response." Let's hope Lil Mama couldn't cop tickets. --ZH