The 25 Best Brooklyn Anthems

22. Jay-Z "Brooklyn We Go Hard" (2008)


Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

The soundtrack for the Biggie biopic, Notorious, proved to be the best place for Jay to flex his BK pride. With Santigold in tow, Jay went off about his borough. Granted, by this time he was a millionaire a hundred times over, but he still kept it gangsta. However, most of the tough talk and black hoodie rap was reserved for "they"—the dudes still living that hard knock life. But Jay's greatest accomplishments easily eclipsed their ability to snatch chains, as he boasted about bringing the Nets to BK, the borough's first professional sports team in a very, very long time. —Insanul Ahmed

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