South Bronx (song)

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"South Bronx"
Single by Boogie Down Productions
from the album Criminal Minded
B-side"The P is Free"
GenreHardcore hip hop
Songwriter(s)KRS-One, Scott La Rock
Producer(s)Ced Gee, DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One
Audio sample
Excerpt from South Bronx
BDP singles chronology
"Say No Brother (Crack Attack Don't Do It)"
"South Bronx"
"Super Hoe"

"South Bronx" is a single by Hip hop group Boogie Down Productions from their 1987 debut album Criminal Minded.[1] This is also the South Bronx's representative anthem.

The song was produced by Ced Gee, DJ Scott La Rock and KRS-One. The song was a diss track aimed at MC Shan in response to his song "The Bridge" and is part of what became known as The Bridge Wars.


KRS-one reports that DJ Red Alert played this song three times in a row and that the crowd was very engaged. The song had an influence on the new jack swing genre.

Musical ideas[edit]

The song samples "Get Up Offa That Thing" and does so through the use of a sampler, where the horn bar is available in several different pitches. Eleven different pitches are used throughout the recording including the actual one, 7 of which were used altogether to create a threatening effect. The first is an interpolation of Public Enemy's "Rebel Without a Pause". The two other samples are "Funky Drummer" and "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved".


  1. ^ "South Bronx". Discogs.

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