The 20 Best Brooklyn Anthems

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  • Jay-Z, Santigold
  • Crooklyn Dodgers
  • Black Star
  • Crooklyn Dodgers
  • Smif-N-Wessun
  • Jay-Z
  • Roy Ayers
  • Notorious B.I.G.
  • Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Beastie Boys
  • Ol' Dirty Bastard
  • Barclays Center
  • Mos Def
  • Jeru Tha Damaja
  • 3rd Bass
  • Fabolous
  • Gang Starr
  • MC Lyte
  • Beastie Boys
  • Jay-Z, Lil Wayne
  • Lil Kim

9. "Definition," Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)

Mos Def and Kweli repurposed two Boogie Down Productions anthems — "P Is Free" and "Stop the Violence" — for this 1998 hit dedicated to "Brooklyn, New York City, where they paint murals of Biggie."

(Photo: Courtesy Rawkus Records)

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