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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Best neighborhood nicknames

Have to help cover the Bodega while we are understaffed so my posts this week will be short
Was listening to the new Common and Kanye joint "Southside" and had a brain fart.
I thoroughly believe in the mythology of Hip-Hop. A big part of any mythology are places.
We have no shortage of mythical locations. Here are the best names (IMHO) in no particular order. (I may have done this before - I am getting old)
  1. The Wild Hundreds (my fav)
  2. Boogie Down Bronx
  3. Money Earnin' Mount Vernon
  4. Money Savin' New Haven
  5. Cop Killa Queens
  6. The Yay Area
  7. The Bouley Fran Lou
  8. Chocolate City
  9. The Big Easy
  10. The D
  11. Do or Die Bed Stuy
  12. Iraq (Lefrak City, Queens - thanks NORE)
  13. QBC
  14. The LBC
  15. Southside (Jamaica, Queens and Chicago)
  16. The Yard

I am sure there are plenty of ill names from around the world I'm missing.

Please add on

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Anonymous Stephanie Elder said...

Brick City

February 27, 2007 2:12 PM

Blogger Swifty said...

ooooh how could I miss that!?
Also love Chilltown J.C.

February 27, 2007 2:19 PM

Blogger ian said...

- Linden Blvd (ATCQ)
- Albee Sq. Mall (Biz Markie)
- Fatburger (Beastie Boys)
- re: #3, more specifically: the 7-7 Hillside (home address of the legendary Pete Rock Basement)
- 5th Ward (Geto Boys)
- 9th Ward & Calliope projects (Juvie/Cash Money)
- 118th street (really 18th Street, East Orange NJ) (Naughty By Nature)

Those first 3 were all places I was DUMB excited to see when I first moved to the US and encountered them in person even though they were nothing special in real life. They had just taken on a mythic quality cos they were mentioned in records I loved!

February 27, 2007 2:25 PM

Blogger Swifty said...

Albee Square Mall sucks today!

Give us some Canadian hoods

February 27, 2007 4:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cant Forget:


the LO.C.
Beverly Reals 9021BLO.

Upper Beast Side
SouthCentral Park West
Git Down Midtown

But most real of all:

Juneau (Ju Don Know?), Alaska

Recognize son!!!!!!!!

February 27, 2007 4:57 PM

Blogger Swifty said...

nice ones.

BTW, i have never heard any of those in a sentence, lol

February 27, 2007 5:13 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

T Dot

February 27, 2007 5:14 PM

Blogger Swifty said...

hell yeah. another good one.

How about the SWATS - Goodie Mob style

February 27, 2007 5:20 PM

Anonymous Frank 'viperteq' Young said...

Yo, I always found the GodBody names for the various boroughs/cities that all of the 5-Percenter M.C.'s to be the most alluring:

Mecca (Harlem, NYC)
Medina (Brooklyn)
Shaolin (Staten Island)
New Jerus (New Jersey)

[Props to Lakim Shabazz, Rakim, Poor Righteous Teachers, Wu-Tang Clan, AZ, etc.]

Other mythical names from the Hip-Hop of yore:

Fort Greene (Rakim all day...)
Strong Island (E.P.M.D.)
Kingston, JA (all reggae artists)
Far Rockaway (can't remember who, but I mosdef remember the name)
Marcy Projects (Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek)
Illadelph (The Roots, Beanie Sigel)
Magic City (Uncle Luke :) )
Memphis, Ten-a-ki (8Ball & MJG, Young Buck, Three Six Mafia)
The Chi (Common, Twista, Kanye, Do Or Die)
Long Beach (Snoop)
Compton (N.W.A, Dr. Dre, The Game)
Eight Mile (Eminem, D12)
Lennox Ave. (just about every rapper that's from Harlem)
College Park (most Atlanta rappers)
Bankhead (Atlanta rappers again)
Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles (all West Cost rappers)
Houston, TX (Scarface, Geto Boys)
Port Arthur, TX (U.G.K.)

Wow, I could go all day......

February 28, 2007 2:27 AM

Blogger ian said...

I realized I misread the point of this post after I left my last comments but as for Canada I only pretty much only know about Toronto aka the T.dot (although I know Vancouver in BC is called Van City) and I haven't even lived there in 15 years now.

There's a bunch of hoods but only a few have real nicknames as far as I'm aware (current residents correct me if I'm wrong):

Flemingdon Park (aka Flemo) - where my family lived when we first moved to Toronto.

Lawrence Heights (aka the Jungle)

Malvern (supposedly aka the Vern)

Other infamous hoods: Jane-Finch, Rexdale and Regent Park. There are others I'm sure but those are pretty much the most notorious ones and I know the whole of Scarborough (one of the boroughs in Toronto where my parents' home is) is kind of live now.

March 02, 2007 1:57 AM

Anonymous P-Matik said...

Bad News (Newport News, VA)
P-Town (Portsmouth, VA)
VAB (Virginia Beach, VA)

March 02, 2007 7:24 PM


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