"Hello Brooklyn 2.0"

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Hello Brooklyn

How you doin’?

Where you goin’?

Can I come to?

—Jay-Z feat. Lil Wayne

PHOTOS BY ROBEL KASSA/PARADIGM84

"Brooklyn"

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Sometimes I feel like my only friend

Is the city I live in, is beautiful Brooklyn

—Mos Def

"Brooklyn Blues"

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Now I've come home to finish

finish my Brooklyn Blues

—Barry Manilow

“Brooklyn’s Finest"

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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”

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BK girls down wit that ride or die

So I always keep one right by my side

—Charles Hamilton

“Brooklyn (Go Hard)”

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I'm a Brooklyn boy

I may take some gettin' use to

—Jay-Z ft. Santogold

"Lighters Up (Welcome to Brooklyn)"

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In the concrete jungle

The strong stand and rumble

The weak fold and crumble

It's the land of trouble

—Lil' Kim

"Brooklyn"

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

—Jessie Malin

“Brooklyn”

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Brooklyn

Child of rhythm riding on a moonlit star

Brooklyn

Pretty daughter born with a smile

—Donna Summer

"Dienda"

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Let the harmony ring

With the promise of spring

On a Brooklyn street

—Sting

"Somewhere in Brooklyn"

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Little miss perfect sitting at the train stop,

Red nike high tops listening to hip-hop

—Bruno Mars

"Brooklyn Babies"

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Growin' up as a Brooklyn baby,

This is how I live my life…

—RZA

"Kickin’ 4 Brooklyn"

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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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