"I've admired Jay-Z for a long time. I always figured that we would do some type of collaboration, and finally, it came together with this. He reached out to me said, 'I have this big New York record. I feel its right for us to do it together. It has this big Frank Sinatra, take-it-there feeling. I feel like you could really do something with it.' I went by the studio, took a listen to it. I really felt the energy of New York all through it. It felt classic, it felt so good; I said, 'I love it, so let's do it.' We communicated a lot during the process. I think we both are really happy with how it came out." - Alicia Keys
"It's just exciting to be able to put together a song about the city I was born and raised in and then to be able to make it an anthem the world can feel. I just love the energy that's behind it." - Alicia Keys
''I sang this song in London and Paris, places far away from New York, and people went crazy. It just was so incredible because it said more than just New York. It’s not even about New York. It says New York but it’s more about this concrete jungle where dreams are made and there’s nothing that you can’t do. It’s really about hope. It's about the chance that we'll leave, and that is what made it relatable.'' - Alicia Keys
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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