Brooklyn Beats: A Soundtrack for Our Favorite Borough

Many songs have been dedicated to the fair streets of Brooklyn. As part of our ongoing profile of American cities, The Root takes a look at the beauty of this famous New York City borough and the tunes that boast of Brooklyn pride.

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  • "Hello Brooklyn 2.0"

    Hello Brooklyn

    How you doin’?

    Where you goin’?

    Can I come to?

    –Jay-Z feat. Lil Wayne

    PHOTOS BY ROBEL KASSA/PARADIGM84

  • "Brooklyn"

    Sometimes I feel like my only friend

    Is the city I live in, is beautiful Brooklyn

    –Mos Def

  • "Brooklyn Blues"

    Now I’ve come home to finish

    finish my Brooklyn Blues

    –Barry Manilow

  • “Brooklyn’s Finest"

    Peep the style and the way the cops sweat us

    The number one question is can the Feds get us?

    –Jay-Z and Notorious B.I.G.

  • “Brooklyn Girls”

    BK girls down wit that ride or die

    So I always keep one right by my side

    –Charles Hamilton

  • “Brooklyn (Go Hard)”

    I’m a Brooklyn boy

    I may take some gettin’ use to

    –Jay-Z ft. Santogold

  • "Lighters Up (Welcome to Brooklyn)"

    In the concrete jungle

    The strong stand and rumble

    The weak fold and crumble

    It’s the land of trouble

    –Lil’ Kim

  • "Brooklyn"

    You started with nothing but throwaways,
    You couldn’t live with me so you moved to,
    Brooklyn

    –Jessie Malin

  • “Brooklyn”

    Brooklyn

    Child of rhythm riding on a moonlit star

    Brooklyn

    Pretty daughter born with a smile

    –Donna Summer

  • "Dienda"

    Let the harmony ring

    With the promise of spring

    On a Brooklyn street

    –Sting

  • "Somewhere in Brooklyn"

    Little miss perfect sitting at the train stop,


    Red nike high tops listening to hip-hop

    –Bruno Mars

  • "Brooklyn Babies"

    Growin’ up as a Brooklyn baby,


    This is how I live my life…

    –RZA

  • "Kickin’ 4 Brooklyn"

    That’s the thing about Brooklyn

    They never get enough

    Of the rap and the music

    And all the good stuff

    –MC Lyte

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