As hip-hop turns 50, it’s amazing to see how much the genre has grown over these last few decades. Throughout the years, hip-hop has expanded with different sub-genres, including gangsta rap, drill, crunk, trap, hyphy, and many more. And we have the Bronx, New York, to thank for birthing hip-hop, which is now one of the most popular genres in music history.
New York hip-hop has become so massive that it can be pretty difficult to narrow down a list of songs that have helped define the region. To this day, New York remains a huge hip-hop hub as newcomers make a name for themselves. In honor of hip-hop turning 50, here is a short list of classic songs that help serve as the sound of New York.