“Young Forever” is the fifth single by American hip hop rapper Jay-Z from his album The Blueprint 3 (2009) off the Roc Nation label. The song was produced by Kanye West. It is a rework of Alphaville‘s 1984 song “Forever Young”: the original melody is retained, British singer Mr. Hudson sings the original lyrics (primarily during the first verse and the chorus), and Jay-Z raps during the following verses in place of the original song’s additional verses.
The song was first released in the UK on January 11, 2010. It was later serviced to Rhythm/Crossover and Top 40/Mainstream radio stations in the United States on January 26 and February 23, 2010 respectively.
It has been performed several times by Jay-Z accompanied by his wife, R&B singer Beyoncé in place of Mr. Hudson, such as at the 2010 Coachella festival where Jay-Z was a headline act. Jay-Z brought out Beyoncé as a surprise guest and performed the closing song of the night. The couple also performed the song on New Year’s Eve in 2010 at a concert at the Las Vegas Cosmopolitan Hotel.