Back in the day it was strongly believed you had to be from one of the 5 boros to truly represent in hip-hop. Slowly but shortly, many other regions held it down like Strong Island, Philly and Jersey just to name a few. Then regions like the west coast and the dirty south ran away with rap music and never came back.
But the area code to truly make noise and get the respect of the world outside of the boros was 914, just miles past the North East Bronx. Yes I’m talking about Westchester County containing Hip-Hop Meccas that each have contributed to the history of New York hip-hop. Yonkers known as Y-O, was the stomping ground of DMX and The LOX (which even though she not included on the list, also gave birth to queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige), Money Earnin’ Mount Vernon that gave birth to Heavy D & The Boyz and Pete Rock & CL Smooth and New Rochelle aka Now Rule (separated from NYC by the barely mile-wide strip of Pelham Manor) gave us Brand Nubian and the Masters of Ceremony.
While everyone has their own opinion on what the greatest songs in hip-hop are. I scanned through the internet real quick to see what some consider the authority in music, like The Source Magazine, Ego Trip and Rolling Stone, had to say about the greatest hip-hop joints. Even on a ‘My Favorite 100’ list, emcee Talib Kweli did for Rolling Stones proved one thing, some of the greatest hip-hop records came out of 914, including some real hip-hop classics.
While I know and expect everyone will have their own opinion and we not only invite it, we encourage you to say ya peace in the comment section. Here it is bam in ya face… without further ado, you know how we do, we present, Black Westchester’s Top 10 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs Comin’ from The 914.
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company, Host & Producer of the People Before Politics Radio Show. AJ is a Father, Brother, An Author, Journalism Fellow (Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism), Hip-Hop Artist - one third of the legendary underground rap group JVC FORCE known for the single Strong Island, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian, Documentarian, Activist, Criminal Justice Advocate and Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Daily Challenge Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine, Word Up! Magazine, On The Go Magazine and several others.
Dope article, I love it
but you forgot
24 hours To Live – Ma$e, Black Rob, DMX and The Lox
I know two of them are not from the 914 but this was a classic, hands down
Great article AJ my brother! When I was growing up as a teen. I thought all those artists were from NYC. Except Ruff Ryders and DMX who I knew were from Yonkers.
thx William, my brother
great list, all classic joints but you forget ’24 Hours To Live’ – DMX, Lox,Black Rob & Ma$e
and maybe as an honorable mention ‘What’s The 411’ Grand Puba & Mary J. Blige – that was my joint
thx J. Hatch
T. R. O. Y. is one of the hottest ever, and you just reminded me how much I love that joint Today by Jefferson Airplane!!!
agreed, T.R.O.Y. is one of the greatest hip-hop joints period, hands down!
All classics from Hip Hop greats
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