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By Eagle Staff
News of the State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park receiving a $16.4 million FEMA cash infusion prompted Queens Economic Development Corporation spokesperson Rob MacKay — the borough’s biggest cheerleader — to recall famous films and notable concerts set near the Tent of Tomorrow.
Inspired by that recollection, the Eagle decided to take a walk down memory lane to highlight some of the most iconic hip hop videos filmed in the borough, including a few near the site of the World’s Fair.
1. // Let’s take it back to the 1990s when A Tribe Called Quest took everyone on “A World Tour”
2.// Back when Amazon was just a glimmer in Jeff Bezos’ eye, Nasty Nas with the chip-toothed smile consistently featured the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City in almost all his earlier videos. Check out “Nas is Like.”
3. // The Queens rap duo Mobb Deep also featured the Queensbridge Houses — the largest public housing development in North America — in their videos.
4. // J. Cole is a native Fayetteville, NC, but he came to Jamaica, NY to attend St. John’s University, there he graduatde summa cum laude and rode on an MTA bus for “False Prophets.”
5.// Long before Nicki Minaj had a Barbz fan club she was killing freestyles throughout Southside Jamaica.
6. // Few hip hop groups could contend with The Lost Boyz, who dished out heavy hits like “Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimas & Benz”
7. // Can’t make a Queens music list without mentioning Jamaica’s 50 Cent.
8. // And you can’t mention 50 Cent without bringing up his arch nemesis Ja Rule. These Queens rappers went at it in their rhymes for years — well, at least 50 did.
9. // Rest in Peace to Chinx, whose career was just getting started when he was murdered in Queens.
10. // And another RIP to Craig Mack, who put some iconic flava in our ear.
11. // But Queens features more than just all-time hip hop stars. Here’s an example of the borough’s diversity.