"New York Is Killing Me" by Gil Scott-Heron (VIDEO)
Listen to "New York Is Killing Me" by Gil Scott-Heron, No. 61 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
61. Gil Scott-Heron, "New York Is Killing Me" (2010)
Lines like "City living ain't all it's cracked up to be" snowball with sad significance when you factor in this late soul poet's notoriously self-destructive lifestyle. But as in all great Scott-Heron odes, you can hear a crooked smile breaking through the rue—a familiar sense that no matter how much this city runs you ragged, you just can't bear to turn your back on what Nas refers to (in a remix) as "the sideshow where many eyes are low."