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.





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


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...


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


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


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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