The Rap Map

New York City Hall

From “24 Hours to Live” by Mase (Ft. Black Rob, Diddy, DMX & The LOX)

Lyrics

And when I'm down to 23, I'mma be strapped with TNT
Run up in city hall and take the judges with me

About

When the New York rap scene was in its heyday in the 90s, City Hall was occupied by none other than conservative Catholic Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Most of rappers' beef with Giuliani stemmed from his “tough-on-crime” policies, which flooded black neighborhoods with cops who sent many young people to prison for minor crimes and even shot innocent civilian Amadou Diallo in cold blood. Giuliani-haters ranged from gangsta rappers like Biggie and Inspectah Deck to conscious rappers like Talib Kweli and Mos Def. Of course now that Jay-Z has to get his new Nets stadium approved by the city, he’s cozying up to current NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg over English muffins and orange juice