SR Pick [Video]: Galactic Empire State of Mind

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Galactic Empire State of Mind SR Pick [Video]: Galactic Empire State of Mind

The best Star Wars fan video is not a bunch of kids using After Effects to make a badass lightsaber duel. It’s also not the Phantom Menace review guy. It’s actually a  College Humor creation from awhile back, Galactic Empire State of Mind.

Re-writing the lyrics to the Jay-Z/Alicia Keys hit single, the comedy squad adds tremendous production value and an ensemble of performers in full Star Wars garb to create one of the funniest and most comprehensive music videos we’ve seen.

There are so many moments in the four-minute video worth highlighting, but it’s best you just watch it for yourself. From break dancing Rebellion pilots to the earmuff-wearing Princess Leia DJ, the music video is endlessly funny.

It’s not so much the costumes or the movie clips, but rather the lyrics that give the video eternal glory. The song is just as catchy as the radio hit it parodies, and informative enough to tell the entire story of  Star Wars Episodes IV-VI in four minutes.

The effort displayed in Galactic Empire State of Mind is unprecedented for a fan video. It feels more like a professionally-made viral marketing music video created by a studio. In terms of quality and the clear financial task of buying the full costumes used, you can’t help but deliver the utmost respect for those involved.

Enjoy the music video parody below, followed by the full lyrics so you can pick out your favorite lines or sing along. I’m pretty sure nothing in the world will ever beat break-dancing Ewoks.

[DARTH VADER/JAY-Z]
Yeah
No longer Anakin
Formerly a Skywalker
Son’s next rebel hero
But I’ll be Sith forever
I’m the newest Dark lord And since my training years
I can choke from anywhere
Yeah my force is everywhere Used to run with Obi Wan We were both best buds foreva
But after three movies Now I’ve got a blood vendetta Grew up on Tatooine
No vegetation Catch me rolling through the cosmos in a moon-like station to Leia’s home nation Death Star wrecks it Now princess knows, Vader ain’t one to mess with
Flying through the trenches
Blasting rebel noobies
What happened to the fat one
Think he died of heart disease All that’s left is this guy
Chasing him in my TIE I won’t deny That his force is pretty damn high
Damn i just got wiped out
Falcon shot the back of me
Spinning into outerspace
But I’ll be back definitely

[PRINCESS LEIA/ALICIA KEYS]
In Star Wars Empire is out to find Leia Death star plans in R2 Shoot the exhaust port Kenobi may now be see-through But the force is within Luke
Let’s hear it for new hope, new hope, new hope
[Vader: You're welcome Obi Wan... I made you a ghost!]

[DARTH VADER/JAY-Z]
Catch me rockin boots and a cape like superman
Hell, I made wearing black more famous than that Jay-Z can
You should know I’d find you, hiding out at Echo
Now I got a Blizzard Force eliminate you quick yo
Welcome to the planet Hoth AT-ATs hit the spot Walking tanks are too legit
But they fall down a lot Check the front, check the back, cant find the Falcon yet
We need them all alive, so no disintegrations Boba Fett 8 million asteroids, where’d your little ship go?
Get me to Cloud City, I got Lando on my payroll
Me I gotta double check if carbonite’s ok If freezin’s safe for Han
Doing Luke the same way
New deal Lando
Ain’t no pardon
Kid blew up my boys
Rest in peace Moff Tarkin
Turns out we are family
Embrace your dark fate
Dad and son together, yo No way the emperor’s safe, cause…

[PRINCESS LEIA/ALICIA KEYS] In Star Wars
Now Han Solo’s a coffee table
There’s nothing Luke can do [Vader: Should've joined me, bro!]
He’s on Dagobah
With some dyslexic Jedi dude
Right hand still got sliced through Looks like they struck back, struck back, struck back

[DARTH VADER/JAY-Z]
Lightsabers grinding
Palpatine’s smiling
Cause he knew it would come to this The light side is blind with casualties
Who do evil casually, then gradually become worse
Don’t fight your destiny
Wasn’t a great dad, true
Absent all the while
No happy times behind us, and plus, now I’m killin’ you
Keep fencing mister, ’cause now I sense a sister
You don’t go bad, maybe I’ll enlist her
Now Emperor wants you, only wants me rubbed out You controlled your anger, stayed light side devout Watch out kid, he’s got lightning bolts to immolate Uh-uh, hell no, daddy powers activate
End this prune with a badass murder suicide
Bald headed, mask off, heart melted kid you were right Burn all my gear so those Ewoks can’t wear it again
Do it, I’ll be watching you, a ghost, name of Anakin

[PRINCESS LEIA/ALICIA KEYS] In Star Wars
Destroy new Death Star’s generator
Ewoks to the rescue
Blast through to the core
This Regime’s gonna be brand new
Galactic Empire’s through
The Jedi have returned, returned, returned

Pretty awesome, right? What do you think about the video? What are your favorite lines? Share your comments below.

Source: College Humor

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  1. First let’s clue you in on a few things You Tube is so last decade. Its jerky stuttering user overloaded stupid service should be quietly given a funeral. Additionally as you can see it had to be quickly pulled from this site due to the empire like anal values of its owners. So many brick and mortar rental sites are going under, many out of stupidity rather than competition that it won’t be long until the swell heads will start charging for everything. Feeding the beast just makes it belligerent don’t even go there. Second while this might be thought out and with new HD and desktop production equipment looks good, it hardly sounds good. In fact it has the worst aspects of Rap, the all too easy ability to sound grating in the hands of those that have no talent for it. Sorry but the Phantom Menace guy beats it by miles and miles…

    • hey, dude, relax. It’s an entertainment choice, our souls aren’t at risk. When in one of your moods, go outside, breathe.

      • I don’t know about that, my soul isn’t made of such good rubber anymore.

        Venturing outside is over rated! I did that today and my neighbor leaned on me about his 12Y.O. shepherd having cancer. Now I know this dog and she’s a good watch dog and obedient and once you’re introduced to her she’s good to you too, so he’s welling up and I’m havin to whip up some kind and consoling words and you know what, if you can’t muster the talent to be original then I’m givin no slack for some self proclaimed mash-up masters that had a couple of grand and a camera laying around with nothin better to do and on top of that use You Tube, the lame masters of the netverse. Sorry J, I’m off the box now…

    • I disagree with the old man who thinks the internet is just a fad. I found the video very amusing and a great time waster while at work. While I do not think it is award winning material, I do believe it is good ol’ fashioned parody fun.

    • @ The Old Man

      How is Youtube “So last decade”? Youtube wasn’t even around last decade. Also, the fact that you apparently don’t like rap is totally making you miss the point. Who cares what you like and don’t like? This parody was made for Star Wars fans, not rap fans. The quality is good, the writing is great, and the meaning is well placed. It isn’t dirty, offensive, or ignorant (like you and your “universal opinion”). So before you spend your empty days ranting of how much you disliked someone else’s hard work, how about putting 1% of the effort they put into making this great clip into acting like a half decent person, and not a punk ass b****? FUb :P

      • Well I suppose some people don’t know hyperbole when they see it. :P But if you want to be literal then why don’t you check out just how old flash is? If you think that makes it great then why is YouTube trying to use the latest software to displace it? Umm I’ll give you a hint “It’s so last decade!” YouTube is nothing but a tax write off for Google. As soon as they would become profitable they would be sued into oblivion. It’s also last decade because that’s when the business community called the web industry’s puffery bluff and asked the two big questions. When is this going to be profitable and why isn’t it now? If you were around then chaos ensued. Solid metrics like P/E ratios were ignored in a futile hope that; time + market presence = market share and meant eventual profitability. Wrong! Over valuation caused a loss the equivalent to Germany’s entire economy. It really is all about the money and the Original hard work behind it. Good luck YouTube or whoever tries to monetize this. It’s stolen and your behind it and for it so your no better. Call me what ever you like but who really cares about the word of thieves…

        P.S. It’s not the genre but the ahem, artist that tries to use it.

        http://www.jobsletter.org.nz/jbl12310.htm

  2. I respect your right to disagree and appreciate your honesty, admitting that your using company time and resources for personal use. Kind of underscores though some important points.

    The Internet isn’t a fad, no I think mash-ups are a fad. It’s mostly the home movie crowd that can’t sing, dance, draw, or more importantly can’t play or read music or write lyric/poetry. Little or zero originality they borrow everybody else’s talent and resources assemble it like Lego’s and pass it off as art, entertainment, original? LOL.

    And while some might make it in the industry as engineers or editors the vast majority are sad wanna-Be’s. But beyond even all that, to put it up on You Tube!!! Blech they’re the Fox of the netverse. Couldn’t find someone better to host?? How sad…

  3. 33 years since Star Wars get over it.

    I’m about ready to throw out my Star Wars dvds I’m so tired of the parodies and Lego games.
    This once great sci fi epic has been reduced to a joke by a fringe group of semi-fans that don’t have anything to do rather that take the easy shot at Star Wars. Darth Vader has been reduced to some dork that likes to rap and dance with the Empire.

    Wh Gvs a f!
    Pathetic waste of time and creativity.