The 20 Best Brooklyn Anthems

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  • Barclays Center
  • Mos Def
  • Jeru Tha Damaja
  • 3rd Bass
  • Fabolous
  • Gang Starr
  • MC Lyte
  • Beastie Boys
  • Jay-Z, Lil Wayne
  • Lil Kim
  • 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

The 20 Best Brooklyn Anthems

In 2012, Manhattan isn't the only borough "makin' it" anymore. Once downtrodden Brooklyn has experienced an incredible rebirth recently, capped off by today's opening of the Barclays Center, new home to the relocated Brooklyn Nets. Jay-Z, the Brooklyn boy made good, owns a piece of the team, and has become goodwill ambassador to a skeptical borough. He's christening the $1 billion arena with eight sold-out shows, starting today. To celebrate the occasion — and the borough's first pro sports team in more than half a century — we've assembled this list of the top 20 songs about the County of Kings, ideal for blasting over the Barclays Center's PA system. With Brooklyn's rich musical history, it wasn't easy. —Alex Gale

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