The Empire Strikes Back: On Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, And Song Sequels

According to the always in-the-know peeps at MTV News, Hova and Alicia Keys are already cooking up a sequel to their smash Big Apple anthem, “Empire State Of Mind.”

The track has been ubiquitous (especially for New Yorkers) since it unofficially debuted at the MTV Video Music Awards (along with that infamous Lil’ Mama cameo); it gets played at least once in almost every club in the 5 boroughs on any given night, and was the unofficial theme song for the Yankees march to the World Series championship (Jay and Keys performed before Game 2, and Hov did it today at the Yankees victory parade).

But is it too soon to go back to the well? Will Jay and Alicia strike oil twice? It ain’t easy. Here are a few (some good, some bad) song sequels/remakes.

Jessica Simpson‘s remake of “These Boots Were Made For Walkin’”. Pretty much a FAIL in every conceivable way. Took Nancy Sinatra’s all-time jam and turned it into a honky-tonk strip tease jingle.

“Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang is one of the all-time classics.

But Redman, Erick Sermon and the Def Squad’s sequel to the track actually embraced the pass-the-mic energy in the best possible way.

We can talk all we want about sequels, but Jay-Z’s been down this road before. He and Beyonce remade Tupac’s “Me And My Girlfriend” as “’03 Bonnie & Clyde.”

Can you think of any other dope remakes or sequels? Any not so dope ones? Let us know in the comments!