The 25 Best Brooklyn Anthems

23. Lil Kim "Lighters Up" (2005)


Label: Atlantic, Queen Bee Entertainment

It took four albums but the Queen Bee nailed her Brooklyn tribute on The Naked Truth with "Lighters Up," all in tune with Damian Marley's "Welcome to Jamrock." Lil Kim used the Scott Storch-produced single to advise those unfamiliar with her hometown of Brooklyn—Bed-Stuy, to be exact. But more than an introduction, it's a warning to foreigners unsure of the dangers and perils of BK hoods. While it wasn't her most successful single, it became one of her most dedicated anthems to the place she lays her hat (and plenty of other things). She's quick to rep Brooklyn, but the tribute's made all the more effective by shouting out cities like Philly, Detroit, and Chicago at the same time, just so that every city, everywhere had people putting their lighters up. —Lauren Nostro

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