The number of times that New York City has been mentioned in songs can’t honestly be counted. The city holds a special place in the heart of several artists, who got their big break in the very same streets.
Since Frank Sinatra swung his way into our hearts (and ears) to the rhythm of “New York, New York“, other musicians followed in his steps and poured their love to the big city. From The Stroke‘s rebellious shout out to the New York City cops, Lou Reed‘s classic tribute to the City’s libertine and free lifestyle in “Walk On The Wild Side” to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys‘ “Empire State Of Mind” the list could go on and on.
Now is the time of American singer MAX. The Manhattan-born musician just unveiled his latest music video for his new single “Still New York“, featuring Joey Bada$$. In the video MAX enlists a line up of people, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, The Chainsmokers and Andy Grammer, to sing along to his track.
The clip, a collage of self-made videos, is clearly something already seen. The song, a pop love ballad to the City, could have used some extra effort given that it doesn’t really have anything new to offer to a genre that counts thousands of songs along this line. The only saving grace is Joey Bada$$’ sick rap, that speeds up the pace of the track, while also managing to throw a shout out to the Alicia Keys and Jay-Z’s iconic duet.
Apart from this, the song has, surprisingly, something to offer, at least to the New York community to whom it was penned. At the end of the video, in fact, the singer announced that he will donate all of the proceeds from the video to New York charities.
Watch the music video here: