Label: Zakia Records

You heard 2Pac shout it out on "Old School," you heard Biggie reference it on "Brooklyn's Finest." Cut Master DC's "Brooklyn's In the House" is the defining Brooklyn old school anthem. Cut Master DC was something of a Brooklyn partisan; another major track by the rapper/producer was "Brooklyn Rocks the Best," which is arguably even more pro-BK. Built around a Roland TR-909, the song was a party-starter that also seemed, at least in its opening lines, a little defensive about Brooklyn's reputation as the place that keeps on taking it: "Our favorite pastime is not robbin' you but/going to jams, painting the town/so when we're around, no need to frown." A better tourist brochure for the borough you couldn't find, so they decided to reward him in turn.  —David Drake