Artist: Mos Def
City: Brooklyn
Year: 1999
Best Line: "Sometimes I feel like my only friend / Is the city I live / Is beautiful Brooklyn."

Makes Us Want to Visit

The story of hometown anthems could be told in terms of East versus West. In Mos Def's heartfelt ode to his borough, he appropriates the melody of the Red Hot Chili Pepper's "Under the Bridge," but he's not dissing L.A. He's far too busy showing Brooklyn love for that. Admittedly, sampling "Under the Bridge" could be corny in some people's hands, but...OK, it's still corny. Heartfelt though!