The Menahan Street Band is a musical ensemble featuring musicians from Antibalas, El Michels Affair, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and the Budos Band. The group was founded by Thomas Brenneck while living in an apartment on Menahan St. in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. Their debut album was released on Dunham, a sublabel of Daptone Records.

The song "Make the Road by Walking" is named after a membership-based organization which is located around the corner from Menahan Street (on Grove Street) which promotes social and economic justice for community, through organizing, lawyering and numerous forms of advocacy. The tune was sampled by Jay-Z on the track "Roc Boys (and the Winner is…)" (from American Gangster), which was named by Rolling Stone to be the No. 1 single of 2007. The original instrumental track "The Traitor," from the Menahan Street Band debut album, is sampled by rappers Kid Cudi on his debut album "Man on the Moon: The End of Day", 50 Cent on his mixtape "War Angel LP" and Royal Roach on his mixtape "Black Monday" in his song "Leaving this Town", produced by Rory Rojas.