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The song that defines the Brooklyn Nets


This is a sponsored post, in which we were asked to write about the music that plays loudly and proudly inside the Barclays Center. You can find all the NBA music here!

When it comes to in-arena music, Nets fans should consider themselves lucky; spoiled, even. In music,

Brooklyn has its place as an institution. No, it's not Memphis or Nashville, and it's certainly not San Francisco nor Seattle. But that's perfectly fine. Brooklyn's musical identity can't be defined; not like Seattle's or Nashville's.

True, when you do think of Brooklyn you think of its place in hip-hop history. The fact is, Brooklyn gave us Biggie, the Beastie Boys, Pete Rock, the RZA, the GZA, Jeru, Big Daddy Kane and, of course, Jay-Z, among many, many others.

But Brooklyn isn't hip-hop, which is a beautifully diverse thing to say. It's all things. It's blues, it's rock, it's soul, it's indie, it's jazz, it's dancehall, it's all things, just not defined.

And nothing encapsulates that musical and cultural diversity more than John Forte's ode to Brooklyn, the anthem that plays nightly before, during and after all Nets games. In "Brooklyn: Something to Lean On," diversity lives in its lyrics, its video and even in the song's composition.


A "unifying anthem," as described by the video's director. That's a perfect descriptor. And that's what makes Nets fans among the luckiest in the NBA, in that you can show a unified team- and borough-pride through an anthem and a simple chant.