What happened? After briefly introducing Nino Brown (by having him make one of his henchmen throw someone off a bridge), we meet two of the film’s main characters: a stick-up kid who later becomes a crackhead named Benny "Pookie" Robinson and a police officer named Scotty Appleton.

Complex says: True, there aren’t any real lyrical shoutouts on this song as there are on most of the other songs on this list. But the song was on the soundtrack and plays in the background through the epic chase scene between Appleton and Pookie. So we figured it was only right to include it. A year before his “Cop Killer” controversy and his Rolling Stone cover—and almost a decade before becoming a regular on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit—Ice-T first donned the badge in New Jack City.