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WTF or FTW: Fresno State of Mind

Last week we gave you a Fresno-ized version of a popular song and you guys totally WTF’d it. Now we have another Fresno-centric take off that needs your verdict.

This time it’s taking Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” (as heard before Game 2 of the World Series) — and giving it a Fresno spin. The song is the work of Rich Nix and Koncrete Rose, and features a lot of hometown reference and shout outs. The Tower District line is probably my favorite.

Personally, if I’m picking, I prefer Planet Asia’s “Fresno State of Mind” (circa 2002). But WTF of FTW isn’t about my opinion. You guys need to decide whether this is a certified win or a Fresno Fail.



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Voting Key:
WTF = What the [Fudgesicle], a.k.a. “What are you thinking?”
FTW = For the Win, a.k.a. “That idea is a victory for people everywhere.”

Responses to "WTF or FTW: Fresno State of Mind"

ed says:

so, the hook is as bad as the one alicia keys did for jay z, but overall i think it’s ftw. a bit cheesy, but fun, and they call out a lot of cool stuff.

Kevin B says:

I wouldn’t call it wtf, but it’s not that hot either.

Abe Lopez says:

Agreed

Bryan Harley says:

There are definitely some nice shout-outs here. Anyone have the lyrics? I’ll go with FTW.

WetTowel says:

-BEP song? cloying, anoying, and made worse by lifted for the Bulldogs.

-this thing?
rofl…

pop lyrics says:

This song is getting played too much, its becoming overkill. i dont get what the big hype over this song is because it just sounds like a bunch of random ramblings about new york.

Angie says:

AAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAAA THIS IS A JOKE RIGHT FIRST OF ALL WHY MAKE A SONG WHO THIS GUY CANT LYRICALLY BE ABLE TO AMOUNT TOO AND AS FAR AS THE GIRL LOL SHE IS NO ALICIA KEYS I SAY WTF!!!!! NEVER AGAIN PLEASE UR KILLING ME LOL.. IM GLAD I AM FROM NEW YORK TO CALL EMPIRE STATE OF MIND A PIECE OF ART BY JAY Z FRESNO YALL BE KILLING ME!!!!!!!

Rick says:

I think this is a cool song. I live in Fresno and i think it represents us well.

~G-Juicy~ says:

I love this song I think you guys did your thang..BIG UPS to Rich Nix & Koncrete Rose on your efforts to represent own city.Use all dat negative feedback as motivation.Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes.GOOD LUCK to you!!

The man says:

This a cool song. It’s not so wanna be gangster. It’s has a good beat and fun to sing to…. Love Fresno and Rich Nix do yo thang brother

Anonymous says:

I second Planet Asia’s Fresno State of Mind.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEr7P5phf7o

Shouts out are decent, but the emotion that the actual Empire State of Mind evokes is lacking here.

Fashawn’s Streets of Fresno offers solid skills on the mic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3EoBZrQX_M

But really, what is up with Fresno cats recycling beats? We need to step up the quality of music here. For hip hop, we need to bring some true school, boom bap, chopping, freshness to the scene. And stay away from anything conveying commercial hip hop. There is plenty of opportunity to develop our own sound. Producers, where you at?