Believe it or not, “Racks” by YC isn’t the only rap song about getting (or stacking) money. That’s because rappers really like to brag about their finances. So we thought it time to pay homage to those songs in hip-hop that pay homage to the achieving monetary success one way or the other.
1. Wu-Tang Clan, “C.R.E.A.M.”
In 1993, Wu-Tang Clan released their iconic debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and with that came one of the most powerful hip-hop songs, “C.R.E.A.M.” The chorus says it all–“Cash rules everything around me / C.R.E.A.M. / Get the money / Dolla dolla bill y’all”–and represented Wu-Tang’s style and delivery that made them the highly influential group they are today.
2. 50 Cent, “I Get Money”
Released in 2007, “I Get Money” was one of the biggest rap songs that year. It’s pretty self-explanatory: 50 gets money. He also runs New York.
3. Notorious B.I.G., “Gimme the Loot”
“Gimme the Loot” wasn’t a single off Biggie‘s 1994 album Ready to Die, but it’s still one of the most popular songs of his career. The song chronicles his many attempted robberies, hence the title.
4. Puff Daddy/Diddy, “All About the Benjamins”
Remember when Diddy rapped? Or when his name was Puff Daddy? Way back in 1997 before he started making a bunch of bands, Diddy was rapping about how great $100 bills were.
5. Jay Z, “Dead Presidents”
Jay-Z‘s first single launched his rap career in 1996, but this song is also known for sparking his infamous feud with Nas. Jay used Nas’ line from “The World is Yours” (“I’m out for Presidents to represent me / I’m out for Dead Presidents to represent me”), and Nas was not too happy. Despite the beef it spawned, “Dead Presidents” is regarded as one of the best hip-hop songs to date.
6. Nelly, “Ride Wit Me”
Nelly‘s 2001 hit “Ride Wit Me” from his debut album Country Grammar isn’t really about getting money, but the line “Hey! must be the money!” will forever be attached to the St. Louis rapper’s career. And bar mitzvahs.
7. Eric B. and Rakim, “Paid in Full”
While most songs on this list are about getting money from various illegal activities, “Paid in Full” is the 1988 classic that tells a different story. Eric B. and Rakim get “paid in full” from selling records and not selling drugs or stealing.
8. Playaz Circle ft. Lil Wayne, “Duffle Bag Boy”
“Duffle Bag Boy” was released in 2007 and garnered considerable acclaim that year. Basically, this song is about putting lots of money in duffle bags. The duffle bags are most likely Gucci, but who knows. We bet you can stack them.