Today marks the 20th anniversary of the release of New Jack City. Alongside Do The Right Thing, Scarface, and The Godfather, New Jack remains one of the most influential hip-hop films ever. Directed by Mario Van Peebles, starring Wesley Snipes (as drug kingpin Nino Brown), Ice-T (as officer Scotty Appleton), and Chris Rock (as a crackhead named Pookie), the film has gotten much love from the hip-hop community over the years.
Whether it was admiration for Nino Brown's don status, sorrow for Pookie's addictive tendencies, or just being in awe of The Carter, rappers have basically referenced every single famous scene from the film. We went through a trove of rap lyrics to decipher which ones best represented our favorite scenes and put together New Jack City As Told Through Rap Lyrics. Am I my brother’s keeper? YES I AM!