How you doin’?
Where you goin’?
Can I come to?
—Jay-Z feat. Lil Wayne
PHOTOS BY ROBEL KASSA/PARADIGM84
Sometimes I feel like my only friend
Is the city I live in, is beautiful Brooklyn
Now I've come home to finish
finish my Brooklyn Blues
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.
BK girls down wit that ride or die
So I always keep one right by my side
I'm a Brooklyn boy
I may take some gettin' use to
—Jay-Z ft. Santogold
In the concrete jungle
The strong stand and rumble
The weak fold and crumble
It's the land of trouble
You started with nothing but throwaways,
You couldn't live with me so you moved to,
Child of rhythm riding on a moonlit star
Pretty daughter born with a smile
Let the harmony ring
With the promise of spring
On a Brooklyn street
Little miss perfect sitting at the train stop,
Red nike high tops listening to hip-hop
Growin' up as a Brooklyn baby,
This is how I live my life…
That’s the thing about Brooklyn
They never get enough
Of the rap and the music
And all the good stuff