Hello Brooklyn: 10 Rap Songs That Put BK on the Map

Written by Rizoh. Posted in Music

Published on December 29, 2008 with 9 Comments">9 Comments

Brooklyn has always played a pivotal role in pop culture. BK neighborhoods gave rise to classic films like Goodfellas and Do The Right Thing. It’s home to a plethora of music greats (Mos Def, Biz Markie, Talib Kweli, Jay-Z) and sports weirdos (Mike Tyson, Stephon Marbury). In return, Brooklyn has been rewarded with hundreds of musical tributes. Recent anthems like Fabolous’ “Brooklyn” and Jay-Z’s “Brooklyn (Go Hard)”, as well as oldie goodies like “Brooklyn’s Finest,” and “Bucktown” often remind us to ask, “Where Brooklyn at?” In honor of hip-hop’s most bragged about borough, here’s a countdown of the 10 best Brooklyn tributes.

10. Masta Ace – “Brooklyn Battles”

9. Jay-Z – “Where I’m From”

8. Jeru Tha Damaja – “Brooklyn Took It”

7. Mos Def – “Brooklyn”

6. Gang Starr – “The Place Where We Dwell”

5. Beastie Boys – “Hello Brooklyn”

4. Smif-n-Wessun – Bucktown

3. Crooklyn Dodgers – “Crooklyn”

2. Jay-Z (Feat. Notorious B.I.G.) – “Brooklyn’s Finest”

1. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – “Brooklyn Zoo”

You’re welcome to add on to the list.

TRU

Rizoh

Rizoh is the most powerful man in all the lands. He lives in Houston where he earned a BS in Nerf Herding. He's the founder of The Rap Up, the editor of Roc4Life.com, and is in the Grammy-awaiting band Pervertable Disciples.

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  • rob pursey

    No ‘Top Billin’?????? Man, I know cats are young these days – but that’s No. 1 every time

  • rob pursey

    No ‘Top Billin’?????? Man, I know cats are young these days – but that’s No. 1 every time

  • cheboinkien

    cutmaster dc, “Brooklyn”s in the House”. divine sounds, “do or die bed stuy”. cant have a list without the these gems

  • cheboinkien

    cutmaster dc, “Brooklyn”s in the House”. divine sounds, “do or die bed stuy”. cant have a list without the these gems

  • moneda

    Top playlist of ’08 right here! Hahaha.

  • moneda

    Top playlist of ’08 right here! Hahaha.

  • DJ EL BOOGIE

    How can you for “GO STET” brooklyn NY is our home town

  • DJ EL BOOGIE

    How can you for “GO STET” brooklyn NY is our home town

  • wusssgood

    Big Poppa should be on here. It was BIG’s breakout song and if you know anything about rap, you know it’s impossible to talk about Brooklyn rap without mentioning Biggie Smalls.

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