Written by Manny Rosen and featured on Brown’s 1972 album There It Is, “King Heroin” is a social commentary written from Heroin’s point of view. As the drug was ravaging through out the United States, no city was hit harder than New York. Rosen wrote the poem, recited by James Brown, after his own daughter passed away from an overdose. James delivers the lyrics in a perfectly somber way. The song is set to an almost eery soundtrack, drawing images of New York streets filmed in black and white, where evidence of heroin’s presence were ever present.