Hip Hop's ode to Brooklyn
With so many hip hop artists from Brooklyn, the borough has gotten more than enough shout-outs and love. Recently, the VMA-hosted BK Hip-Hop Week hosted a week-long poll allowing fans to vote for the best Brooklyn Anthem - and there was some stiff competition.
MTV News pointed out that there were plenty of tunes that fit the bill - three of which came from Jay-Z - including "Where I'm From" and "Brooklyn Go Hard." Still, Lil' Kim's 2005 single "Lighters Up" garnered a whopping 75 percent of the fan votes, beating out classic anthems by Biggie, the Beastie Boys and other notable rappers. Despite the fact that it's been eight years since the Queen Bee dropped an album, MTV noted that she has one of the most loyal fanbases of any hip hop star. "Brooklyn" by Fabolous, Jay-Z and Uncle Murda slid into second place.
Lest year, Complex Music released a list of the 25 Best Brooklyn Anthems with a much different ranking. According to the source, Jay-Z and the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Brooklyn's Finest" reigns supreme, followed by Gang Starr's "The Place We Dwell" and "Crooklyn" by the Crooklyn Dodgers.
What's your favorite ode to Bucktown?