Label: Bad Boy

There's only four bars in this song about Brooklyn, but they're the first four, and the beat that leads into them alone is enough to send any Kings-born kid into a tizzy. Big brought hip-hop back to Brooklyn after it had traveled around the world, and the pride its citizens showed in their favorite son meant that he didn't have to drop the names of a bunch of hometown landmarks (although he did, peep the shouts to local weed spots in the liner notes to Ready to Die) for people to know he was one of them. Four bars: "Live from Bedford-Stuyvesant/The livest one/Representin' BK to the fullest." Who in the county of Kings can deny that? —Jack Erwin