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.
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!]
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
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