Mos Def, ‘Brooklyn’ – Brooklyn-Inspired Rap Songs
Brooklyn-born emcee Mos Def -- or Yasiin Bey as he calls himself these days -- dropped his 'Black on Both Sides' LP in 1999, and of course the prideful Brooklynite had to include a track dedicated to his city.
On 'Brooklyn,' Mos speaks on the positives of coming up in the borough. The second half of the track is a bit darker but he still maintains his love for his city, shouting out neighborhoods, demographics and the differences between them all that make The Planet favorable.
He raps, "Out of towners take the train, plane and bus here / Must be something that they really want here / One year as a resident, deeper sentiment / Shout out 'Go Brooklyn!,' they representin' it / Sittin' on they front stoop sippin Guinesses / Using native dialect in they sentences."
Listen to Mos Def's 'Brooklyn'