The 10 Biggest References to the Hudson Valley, NY, in Pop Culture, Music, and Movies in 2011

Poptional Reading delivers the biggest references to our region in 2011

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7. Jay-Z and Kanye West’s (Not-So-Positive) Shout-Out

Jay-Z and Kanye West are two of the biggest names in hip-hop. So when they teamed up for their album Watch the Throne, naturally everyone was excited... until they rapped about Westchester. No, they didn’t mention our rolling hills, good schools, or big houses; rather, they talk about one of the most horrible incidents to happen here in recent years: the death of Danroy “DJ” Henry. (During a brawl at a bar in Thornwood, Henry was shot and killed by police.) Jay-Z, who reportedly owns a house in Scarsdale, begins the song by saying, “This is to the memory of Danroy Henry/Too much enemy fire to catch a friendly.” You can see more below, or click here for my thoughts about the song.

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Marisa LaScala

Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY

Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at, where she is a staff writer.



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