Rap Songs to Soundtrack Your Walk Through New York City


The most important points for enjoying this playlist: These songs are not the best New York rap songs; these are not the best rap songs about New York (most of them are about the city only in as much as many of the artists on this list are products of their environments). Instead, this list is one particular New Yorker's walking soundtrack, a collection of classics, newer cuts, hidden gems (or as hidden as anything can be on Spotify), and songs that shaped my outlook on both my city and its musical possibilities.

There is no "NY State of Mind," no "Welcome to New York City," no "The Bridge Is Over"—these songs played important rolls in my education as a listener, but haven't held the same personal relevance as time has passed. So load up your iPod—all these songs are readily available on Spotify and you'll find a playlist at the end of your journey—and take a stroll through the five boroughs.


  • Pedro Godinho

    Good list…but I think you forgot Nas – “N.Y. State of Mind”.

  • Michael McGarry

    I always thought G-Eazy’s “Reefer Madness” was good for a rainy day in the city.

  • CP

    Electric Relaxation by A Tribe Called Quest

  • Sumit Singh

    Joey Bada$$ – Hardknock

  • Justin

    Nice List…nice insight

  • baddebt

    KGR streets of New york should def be there

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