The Rap Map

Marcy Houses

From “Brooklyn's Finest” by Jay Z (Ft. The Notorious B.I.G.)


I'm from Marcy, I'm varsity, chump, you're JV


Marcy is the project where Jay-Z grew up. It’s located in the rough Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant (near the boyhood home of Biggie Smalls, and was a hotbed of drug-related crime during Jay-Z’s childhood in the 1980s. Memphis Bleek is also from the Marcy Houses, but he never used his boyhood connection to Jay-Z to further his rap career or anything…