Youtube brought in the big guns to close out their Upfront event at the Beacon Theater. Jay-Z surprised fans with a performance of  the state anthem “Empire State of Mind.”

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Decked in all black everything, Jay-Z rocked a Brooklyn Nets fitted while he ran through his first number one hit. Jay was on hand because his Life + Times website has their own channel on Youtube and is dropping a hefty $200 million on original programming. Blue Ivy’s poppa wasn’t the only artist to perform. Flo Rida and hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari. Russell Simmons and Pharrell Williams also made appearances.

Check the video of Jay-Z’s performance of “Empire State of Mind” below.



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