Rapper Jay-Z and Alicia Keys will perform during Game 1 of the World Series between the Yankees and the Phillies Wednesday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Jay-Z will perform his hit Empire State of Mind, ahead of the game, a song that honors New York City.

Really it's about inspiration, it's about hope - I think that's what connects with people. The song connects outside of New York. Every night I play it, there's a monster response, Jay-Z said, according to the New York Daily News.