This song finds New York rapper Angel Haze coolly announcing that she runs the Big Apple over tense, stark beats. She told NME: "The whole point of the song 'New York' is to actually convey that I am a threat to everyone. Not just to single females, but to boys too. I'm inspired by New York: it's where I live, where I write. I actually wrote New York exactly as it says in the song: 'rooftop Brooklyn on covert street'. We put it out and no-one had the expectation that it would blow up the way it did."
Bruce Springsteen wrote "Blinded By The Light," which was a #1 hit for Manfred Mann's Earth Band. The "Madman Drummers" line is a reference to Springsteen's first E-Street drummer, Vinnie "Mad dog" Lopez.