News: Jay-Z & Alicia Keys' "Empire State Of Mind" Music Vid Footage Leaks Online [Video]

Thursday, Oct 1, 2009 5:24PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Footage of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' upcoming "Empire State of Mind" music video has landed online today (October 1) and shows Hov filming scenes throughout New York City.

Prior to video footage hitting the net, various photos of Jay landed online Thursday morning.

Two photos taken from the shooting location of Jay-Z's music video for his single "Empire State of Mind" have surfaced. Jay-Z is captured donning an all-black outfit with a crowd surrounding him. The video reportedly was shot in Tribeca near the World Trade Center site, Ground Zero. Though his collaborator Alicia Keys is said to share screen with him, she is not seen in the on-set pics. (Ace Showbiz)

More footage began to spread as fans surrounding the filming posted clips and additional images on Twitter.

Thank goodness, Lil Mama was nowhere in sight on Wednesday, when Jay-Z and Alicia Keys shot the video for "Empire State of Mind" in New York. But there were plenty of other onlookers feeling the vibe and blowing up Twitter with talk about the two New York giants filming in Tribeca and around Ground Zero for the clip, directed by Hype Williams. (MTV)

Their duet made headlines last month after Lil Mama appeared on stage during Hov and Keys' Video Music Awards 2009 performance.

Towards the end of Jay-Z's performance of 'Empire State of Mind' with Alicia Keys, rapper and 'America's Best Dance Crew' judge Lil Mama hopped up on stage and for a few seconds was standing on the side dancing. Jay-Z at one point patted her on the leg as a hint to go back to her seat, but Mama didn't get the message. (Pop Eater)

Jay later expressed his discontent with Mama's show-stealing move.

"Me, personally, I would never do that," Hov told radio personality Angie Martinez. "I would never have the nerve to do that. It's just like, someone's up there performing...we went through rehearsals, we did run throughs and we worked really hard at the performance to put on a show for people and to interrupt that moment for us, you know, I don't think that was the right thing to do. I actually thought it was the equivalent of what Kanye did to Taylor Swift...And I'm cool with her being excited and all that but you have to understand, people put in work to make that performance happen, that took weeks...I was a little angry to be honest, but what I'ma do, fight Lil Mama? [laughs]" (Hot 97)

Check out footage from the "Empire State of Mind" filming below:

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