A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 18, 2004
New Jack City
"New Jack City" is a hip-hop term for New York City. The 1991 film of this name popularized the term, but also limited its use. If you say "New Jack City," people think you're talking about the film.

Public Enemy's 1988 rap song "Don't Believe the Hype" contained the lyric "They still consider me a new jack." The term "new Jack" simply meant a newcomer, a novice, or a raw or aggressive youngster.


11 July 1989, Village Voice, pg. 34:
A new economic and psychic environment: New Jack City. New Jack City exists wherever there's a crack house, a back room stuffed with stolen VCRs and family jewelry, bleary-eyed young girls with bad breath willing to do the Unthinkable wuth the Anonymous....New Jack City exists in Harlem, the Bronx, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Detroit, Los Angeles, (etc.).


6 May 1990, New York Times, pg. 40:
The other film, "New Jack City," has had much less publicity. Filmed entirely in the city, it highlights rap music, drugs, police officers and other features of urban life.
Posted by Barry Popik
Nicknames/Slogans • (0) Comments • Saturday, September 18, 2004 • Permalink