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

20. "Brooklyn," Mos Def

This song from Mos' lauded 1999 debut, Black on Both Sides, is a three-movement love letter to his upbringing in the County of Kings, with the Bed Stuy MC spitting over a moody xylophone backdrop before jacking Roy Ayers' "We Live in Brooklyn, Baby" and Biggie's "Who Shot Ya." 

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