Artist: Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz
City: Bronx
Year: 1997
Best Line: "And if it wasn't for the Bronx / This rap shit probably never would be going on / Now tell me where you from."

Makes Us Want to Visit

The stately horn intro before Steely Dan's thick bass busts this track open is charmingly confusing. It doesn't make much sense, sounding more like the announcement of a coronation rather than the opening of an ode to the birthplace of hip-hop. "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)" is a weird song, a strange amalgamation of seemingly disparate parts that somehow work together, much like the communion of graffiti, turntabalism, breaking, and MCing. Credit the spirit of the Bronx with making this song a lasting anthem.