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Lighters Up Wins Best Brooklyn Anthem

(mtv.com) Queen Bee beat out classic cuts from Jay Z, Biggie and more as fans crowned their fave as part of the VMA-hosted BK Hip-Hop Week.

Brooklyn artists exhibit so much hometown pride, it's no wonder the borough has so many anthems dedicated to its existence. From the Beastie Boys to Jay Z, BK's biggest hip-hop stars have been rapping Bucktown's praises since the 1980s, and when RapFix asked fans to vote on their favorite Brooklyn Hip-Hop Anthem, it was the Queen Bee Lil' Kim who reigned supreme.

Kim's 2005 single "Lighters Up" received 75 percent of the fan vote, while Fabolous, Jay Z and Uncle Murda's "Brooklyn" came in a distant second, earning 12 percent of the share in the week-long poll that opened August 14 and closed Wednesday. Even though she hasn't released an album in eight years, Kim's fanbase remains one of the most faithful, and this week, they can watch the Queen Bee herself on "RapFix Live" as she gives MTV News' Sway Calloway a tour through Brooklyn, pointing out the spots that meant the most to the Notorious B.I.G.

"Lighters Up," noted for its Caribbean-soaked sound, was produced by Scott Storch and stirred a tremendous amount of pride among the borough's residents. "I come from Bed-Stuy/ Where either n---as do or they gon' die," Kim spits in a patois accent to start the track.

Lil' Kim overcame some pretty tough competition in the BK anthem poll. Jay Z had three of the 10 selections with "Brooklyn's Finest," "Where I'm From" and "Brooklyn Go Hard." The Beastie Boys and their 1986 classic "No Sleep till Brooklyn" might not have won, but the unforgettable track is the unofficial anthem of the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards and is the soundtrack for the television spots that are building excitement for Sunday's awards show.

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Posted on 30 Aug 2013 by LilKimZone

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