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 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"

    "Brooklyn"

    Sometimes I feel like my only friend

    Is the city I live in, is beautiful Brooklyn

    –Mos Def

  • "Brooklyn Blues"

    "Brooklyn Blues"

    Now I’ve come home to finish

    finish my Brooklyn Blues

    –Barry Manilow

  • “Brooklyn’s Finest"

    “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”

    “Brooklyn Girls”

    BK girls down wit that ride or die

    So I always keep one right by my side

    –Charles Hamilton

  • “Brooklyn (Go Hard)”

    “Brooklyn (Go Hard)”

    I’m a Brooklyn boy

    I may take some gettin’ use to

    –Jay-Z ft. Santogold

  • "Lighters Up (Welcome to Brooklyn)"

    "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"

    "Brooklyn"

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

    –Jessie Malin

  • “Brooklyn”

    “Brooklyn”

    Brooklyn

    Child of rhythm riding on a moonlit star

    Brooklyn

    Pretty daughter born with a smile

    –Donna Summer

  • "Dienda"

    "Dienda"

    Let the harmony ring

    With the promise of spring

    On a Brooklyn street

    –Sting

  • "Somewhere in Brooklyn"

    "Somewhere in Brooklyn"

    Little miss perfect sitting at the train stop,


    Red nike high tops listening to hip-hop

    –Bruno Mars

  • "Brooklyn Babies"

    "Brooklyn Babies"

    Growin’ up as a Brooklyn baby,


    This is how I live my life…

    –RZA

  • "Kickin’ 4 Brooklyn"

    "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