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July 28, 2010 2:41 PM   Subscribe

Move over Jay-Z and Alicia Keys: Newport State of Mind, Morgan Jane Delaney's witty take on a future classic, which might get released as a single.
posted by MuffinMan (37 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Ah, yes: Ahem. SLYT-ish.
posted by MuffinMan at 2:42 PM on July 28, 2010


Heh, brilliant. I love the part about Guangxi.
posted by mdonley at 2:45 PM on July 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Previously, Previously, Previously, and Previously</small?
posted by Burhanistan at 2:52 PM on July 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


Is this something I'd need to live in Rhode Island to understand?
posted by Eideteker at 2:53 PM on July 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is this something I'd need to live in Rhode Island to understand?

Much to my surprise, no.
posted by GuyZero at 2:54 PM on July 28, 2010


The Colbert parody was better but this is very good.
posted by GuyZero at 2:54 PM on July 28, 2010


cymru fhtagn!
posted by Solon and Thanks at 2:59 PM on July 28, 2010 [6 favorites]


Is this something I'd need to live in Rhode Island to understand?

So far:

0 Thames Street mentions
1 Craig Bellamy reference

Both are covered in puke at the end of the weekend, but this seems to be a reference to some weird country that can't spell things properly.
posted by yerfatma at 3:04 PM on July 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


Hint: Newport.
posted by Magnakai at 3:13 PM on July 28, 2010


You can make a decent argument this is straight-up as good as the original. Maybe not the rapping, but this lady's vocal hook beats Alicia's over-singing pretty easily.
posted by drjimmy11 at 3:16 PM on July 28, 2010


I like Jay-Z alright, but he's certainly not at his best on "Empire State of Mind." All his bad habits are there- awkward, choppy flow, forced-in bragging that isn't as clever as he thinks... I'm not really sure how it got so popular.
posted by drjimmy11 at 3:19 PM on July 28, 2010


Dreadfully slow internet connection (thanks for nothing Coffee Bean) so it took me a while to learn it wasn't about this Newport.
posted by birdherder at 3:22 PM on July 28, 2010


Had me at "Febreeze on the dash for the stain where my nan sits." Also, I learned a lot about Newport.
posted by fryman at 3:26 PM on July 28, 2010


Is that na(a)n spelled wrong? Or does his nan(ny) somehow sit on his dashboard and stain it?
posted by Beardman at 4:00 PM on July 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


I need "Newport Beach State of Mind."
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 4:02 PM on July 28, 2010


I'm not really sure how it got so popular.

Have you ever lived in NYC?
posted by iamck at 4:03 PM on July 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Nan = grandmother. Still dunno what the dash bit means, though.
posted by afx237vi at 4:16 PM on July 28, 2010


Goldie Lookin' Chain are still the best rappers out of Newport.
posted by Mayor Curley at 4:21 PM on July 28, 2010 [5 favorites]


If you'd prefer to make fun of the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, this parody has you covered...

(p.s. it's all true)
(p.p.s. no, really)
(p.p.p.s. stop complaining, Mayor)
posted by bitter-girl.com at 4:34 PM on July 28, 2010


I don't even like Newport, and I sort of completely love this song. I'm also tired of explaining that Wales is like, you know, a real place and not the inventions of tourism commercials, so that might be it too...
posted by kalimac at 4:49 PM on July 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


Still dunno what the dash bit means, though.

The Febreeze sits on the dash. His grandmother doesn't.
posted by dobbs at 4:50 PM on July 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


I learned two things from this video: how to pronounce "cymru" and that Newport has an "aerial ferry!
posted by vespabelle at 6:24 PM on July 28, 2010


I know none of these references, and yet really like this.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 7:41 PM on July 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


The nan is naan, and he puts it on his dash while he's eating his take out curry? Febreeze the grease stain away? or am I thinking too much?
posted by mbatch at 8:27 PM on July 28, 2010


On preview, what Beardman said. I searched for naan, not na(a)n.
posted by mbatch at 8:28 PM on July 28, 2010


Far superior version, now with 100% less Niko.
posted by WhitenoisE at 8:59 PM on July 28, 2010


Damn straight Goldie Lookin' Chain are awesome. Also, I was disappointed this wasn't about the Newport I live near, but this is the best Empire State of Mind parody I've seen so far.
posted by Kattullus at 9:22 PM on July 28, 2010


The only thing I ever liked about Newport was TJs, the diviest rock dive that ever had a miraculous license to operate as a place humans could enter. I keep meaning to go back but I'd be devastated if they've fixed the toilets, the crumbling walls, the holes in the floor or the tendency to pack in an illegal number of people then turn the heating up.

That and the gangs of women who don't need to wear coats - that bit reminded me of Manchester.
posted by shinybaum at 12:47 AM on July 29, 2010


The Febreeze is kept on the dashboard so it is close at hand to deodorise the stain left on the passenger seat by his incontinent grandmother.

Or did I really not need to explain that?
posted by hifimofo at 1:13 AM on July 29, 2010 [6 favorites]


This makes me very happy. I love the Welsh I do.

Shout out to the Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch massive.
posted by R.Stornoway at 3:44 AM on July 29, 2010


Love the "Access from the A4042" line. Brilliant.
posted by handee at 3:55 AM on July 29, 2010


Georgia State of Mind.
posted by grabbingsand at 7:42 AM on July 29, 2010


Brussels State of Mind

I have no idea what he's saying. Really I don't.
posted by djgh at 12:15 PM on July 29, 2010


I travel to Newport for work every few weeks or so, and I flippin' love this.
posted by hot soup girl at 4:44 PM on July 29, 2010


I'm a bit late in the game, but this example of tragic self-referential Glaswegian humour cannot go unbeheld.
posted by Roachbeard at 4:58 PM on August 10, 2010


Update: the video has now been pulled from You Tube due to a copyright claim.

"A statement from EMI said: "When a song is created based wholly on any of our writers' works, those writers need to grant their permission.

"If that permission isn't granted, then we ask the service in question to remove the song."

posted by MuffinMan at 2:41 AM on August 11, 2010


Newark State of Mind is well done.
posted by Mid at 5:19 PM on August 14, 2010


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