The 20 Best Brooklyn Anthems

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  • 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
  • Jay-Z, Santigold
  • Crooklyn Dodgers
  • Black Star
  • Crooklyn Dodgers

5. "We Live in Brooklyn, Baby," Roy Ayers

Vibraphonist-singer Roy Ayers' 1971 "We Live in Brooklyn, Baby" is a fusion masterpiece. Backed by mysterious string drones and a frenetic jazz melody, the chanting, relentless hook captures the borough's aspirational aesthetic perfectly: "We're gonna make it, baby...we gotta make it, baby...our time is now."

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