By Joseph Brannigan Lynch
Updated October 30, 2009 at 03:28 PM EDT
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Jay-Z is doing his best to live up to his claim on The Blueprint 3 that he’s “the new Sinatra.” Before game two of the World Series, the hip-hop titan and an uber-fashionable Alicia Keys performed his current hit single “Empire State of Mind” — seemingly well on its way to becoming this generation’s “New York, New York.”

Hova’s efforts to pump up his home team and help them brush the Phillies off their shoulders in game 2 of the World Series worked, and the Yanks seemed to dig the performance—a few of them even had their video cameras out. And thankfully, no one seemed too angry when Jay dropped the line, “I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can.” Maybe it slipped by unnoticed, or maybe they just know he’s right.

Check out the dynamic duo performing here:

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