VIDEO: ‘Beijing State of Mind’
Photographer Mark Griffith teams up with Andrew Dougherty to create a parody video of one of the classic New York City track, “Empire State of Mind.”
In 2012 he met Andrew Dougherty, who expressed an interest in Mark’s photography. On his blog he explains how they met. “While living in Beijing, we met Andrew and Nicola Doughtery at our local church. Andrew was an economic analyst who also enjoyed rapping. He had lived in Beijjng off and on for about 5 years. He had noticed my photography and videos and he asked me if I’d be interested in collaborating with him on a rap video.”
After Andrew sent Mark a sample of himself rapping over Jay-Z’s and Alicia Keys’ hit song, “Empire State of Mind”, they decided to work together to create a parody video of the hit song which highlights his experience living in Beijing and makes references to key locations in the city.