by / August 11th, 2010 /

Update: ‘Newport State Of Mind’ video removed by YouTube

Rap parodies are common place but this Welsh take on the recent Jay-Z hit succeeds because it is genuinely very funny and comes with a really well made video. Makes us nostalgic for the good old days of Goldie Lookin’ Chain.

Update: Try watching the video from today and you’ll find you can’t, as the clip has been taken down from YouTube following a copyright claim by EMI Publishing over the Jay-Z parody. The company represents four of the seven people credited with writing the original Empire State Of Mind: Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Angela Hunte and Janet Sewell.

In a statement EMI says, “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.”

It’s still up on Kontraband.com however:

  • “genuinely very funny”? (shakes head)