Label: First Priority

Is there a more timeless anthem of Brooklyn superiority than "Top Billin'"? Okay, so it's not explicitly a Brooklyn anthem, but a sample of Stetsasonic's "Go Stetsa" has the borough of Milk Dee and Gizmo represented on every beat. The duo represented for Bed-Stuy, and "Top Billin" was their signature anthem. Originally released as a b-side to "Make it Funky," the song easily surpassed its flipside, becoming a career-defining single with platinum sales, and one of hip-hop's most frequently-sampled tracks. The drums were swiped from M.C. Shan's "The Bridge," but (unintentionally) altered, and history was never the same. You might say Brooklyn snatched it. —David Drake