Troy Ave’s Favorite New York City Songs From Each Borough

Queens

Noreaga—”Superthug”
The energy on that shit was crazy. It was right when the Neptunes was starting. I’m from Crown Heights, and I lived in the eye of the tornado as far as the Labor Day Parade, and one year when I went to it, Hot 97 had a float and they were playing [“Superthug”]. I’ll never forget: I had the Tim Duncan foamposites on, because Labor Day was always near the start of school and we would get new kicks. Them shits was $179, the most expensive sneakers at the time. I’m at the parade and it’s raining, people are throwing powder and then [“Superthug”] came on and it didn’t even matter. We were just wildin’.

Prodigy—”Keep It Thoro”
I remember trying to play the keys to that shit. I had a little keyboard, and I was mad hyped when I got it. There was also the fact that there wasn’t a hook and he was just spittin’. The beat was everything in that, and he was just rapping, rapping, rapping. His voice and presence on the track was crazy.