I’m the new Sinatra and since I made it here
I can make it anywhere, yeah, they love me everywhere

from Jay Z (Ft. Alicia Keys) – Empire State of Mind Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

As Frank Sinatra’s sang in “New York, New York”

If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere

And as Hova said in The Blueprint, he is

The Sinatra of my day

Just like Frank’s, Jay’s talent isn’t limited to New York City or to the United States. He’s a worldwide star.

The genius thing: “New York, New York” was originally written for the Scorsese film New York, New York, a musical starring… Robert DeNiro.

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