The Top 10 Hip Hop Videos Ever Filmed In Queens — Plus a Special Bonus Track

Wikimedia commons photo by Mikamote

Wikimedia commons photo by Mikamote

Editor’s Note: Explicit content.

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.