*A spoof of the Jay-Z and Alicia Keys anthem “Empire State of Mind” that swaps New York for the less glamorous south Wales city of Newport is the product of a 24-year-old filmmaker’s attempt to amuse her boyfriend and their comedian friend.
“We just started singing different place names instead of New York, just as a joke, and we thought that Newport was funny,” says Morgan Jane Delaney of her video “Newport (Ymerodraeth State of Mind),” a near frame-by-frame recreation of the original clip. Ymerodraeth is the Welsh word for empire.
“I don’t really know why I decided to go the whole hog and make a film of it, but it just seemed like fun,” the director said.
The video has been viewed more than 1.65 million times on You Tube and drawn praise for its witty lyrics…like the chorus:
“When you’re in Newport. Chips, cheese, curry makes you feel brand new, washed down with a Special Brew.” The lyric reads refer to a local fast-food meal and Special Brew, a type of super-strength beer.