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Jay-Z Celebrates the Joys of Childhood in "Young Forever" Video

December 22, 2009 12:00 AM ET

"Empire State of Mind" is still topping the charts, but Jay-Z isn't waiting around to unleash his next Blueprint 3 single. Jigga unveiled his new video for "Young Forever," featuring Mr Hudson and a hook courtesy of Alphaville's 1984 hit "Forever Young." The video is essentially a longer version of that Levi's commercial that employs Walt Whitman's "Pioneers! O Pioneers!" poem, with black-and-white footage of Jay-Z and Mr Hudson cut between scenes of ebullient youth — skateboarding, pizza eating and pee-wee football.

In the fitting denouement of the clip, we see Jay-Z and Mr Hudson onstage performing "Young Forever" in front of an ocean of young folks in the audience, who chant the chorus toward the final seconds. Given the success "Forever Young" had 25 years ago for Alphaville, it seems it's only a matter of time before "Young Forever" gains in popularity on Hova's blockbuster New York anthem.

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