Hip-Hop’s legendary emcee and business mogul Jay-Z, born Shawn Corey Carter, has returned with a new rap record. Titled “New York (Concept De Paris)”, the ‘Watch The Throne’ emcee first performed the record during Louis Vuitton’s Jean Michel Basquiat X Andy Warhol exhibit in Paris.
Notably, the track features a guest verse by the late American poet and musician Gill Scott-Heron. The poet behind the influential body of work “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” can be heard across Jay-Z’s latest single which, as per Genius, samples Heron’s “New York Is Killing Me”. Interestingly, the record is an engrossing rendition of Hov’s top-selling work “Empire State of Mind” alongside Alicia Keys.
Jay-Z previewed the latest record at Louis Vuitton Foundation’s latest exhibit in Paris. Besides the unreleased effort with Gill-Scott, Jigga performed a slew of far-reaching Hip-Hop records from his own discography and guest verses including “No Church in The Wild”, “N***** in Paris”, and “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” feat. Kanye West, “Family Feud”, “Can I Live”, “F*ckwithmeyouknowigotit”, “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is…), “God Did”, “Hovi Baby” and more.
Titled “Painting Four Hands”, the exhibition honoured Basquiat & Andy Warhol’s collaborative body of works. Between 1984 and 1985, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) and Andy Warhol (1928-1987) created around 160 paintings together in tandem, “à quatre mains”, including some of the largest works produced during their respective careers.
Listen to Jay-Z’s latest record with Roc Nation ‘New York (Concept De Paris)’ feat. Gill-Scott Heron here.