"Streets of New York" by Kool G Rap and DJ Polo (VIDEO)
Watch the video for "Streets of New York" by Kool G Rap and DJ Polo, No. 58 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
58. Kool G Rap and DJ Polo, "Streets of New York" (1990)
The godfather of mafioso rap, New York's Kool G Rap can spin crime yarns with the vividness of a Scorsese film. The Corona, Queens, native details a crack-era NYC that's so gritty ("Dope fiends are leaning for morphine/The TV screens follow the homicide scenes"), it's unrecognizable to anyone whose introduction to the city came after Giuliani.