100 songs Long Islanders should know

As we prepare for the upcoming Long Island Music Hall of Fame Induction Gala on Oct. 18 at the Paramount in Huntington, we wanted to pull together a list of the songs that should be a source of civic pride.
These are the 100 songs every Long Islander should know -- songs by people from here, about here, and written and recorded here, that also have changed the world of music. And by here, we go along with the LIHoF's definition of Long Island: Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.


89. "Cross Over," EPMD

The Brentwood hip-hop duo took a stand against the commercialization of hip-hop in 1992 with a song that hit No. 42 on the pop charts, ironically becoming more popular than their potent 1988 debut album "Strictly Business." Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith declared, "Forget the black crowds, you're wack now, in a zoot suit, frontin' black, lookin' mad foul," just as an army of M.C. Hammer wannabes arrived on the scene.

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