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

19. "Brooklyn Took It," Jeru Tha Damaja

Backed by a jerky beat from hometown legend DJ Premier and the classic "Brooklyn keeps on takin' it" sample from Boogie Down Productions' "The Bridge Is Over," East New York rapper Jeru reps for the borough's notorious club-brawlers and stick-up kids on this 1994 underground banger. It's the perfect song to play after Deron Williams strips the ball from Lebron.  

(Photo: Courtesy Polygram Records)

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