Rap Lyrics 101: What Are The Best VH1 References In Hip Hop?

Hate to brag, but we’re kind of popular over here at VH1. Your favorite celebs are entertained by our show lineups, and A-list rappers weave us into their wordplay. But which VH1 references from hip hop are the most memorable?

  • “We The People….” — A Tribe Called Quest

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    VH1 Shoutout: “VH1 has a show that you can waste your time with/ Guilty pleasures take the edge off reality/ And for a salary I’d probably do that shit sporadically”

  • “Black Barbies” — Nicki Minaj

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    VH1 Shoutout: “That boy is a real pu–y pleaser/ All that fetty but he never met Masika”

  • “Recognition” — Migos

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    VH1 Shoutout:“My OG taught me to be wise/ Thanking the lord cause I’m recognized/ VH1 you can go see it live”

  • KRS-ONE (feat Big Punisher, Kool G. Rap & Truck Turner)

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    VH1 Shoutout: “I don’t even see you in the new milline-um/ I see you like on VH1 with Milli Vanilli an’ them”

  • “Imma do it” — Fabolous

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    VH1 Shoutout: “I’m “Tin Man” heartless/ No love, hey son/ If you’re lookin’ for love, get a show on VH1.”

  • “Love Don’t Cost (A Thing)” — Icewater (feat Method Man)

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    VH1 Shoutout: “Spend my budget up, like ’fuck it, I’m broke’/ You like them dudes on VH1, you lose trying fuck with New York”

  • “Bout That” — Wiz Khalifa

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    VH1 Shoutout: “You can tell I’m paid/ Makin’ all these faces, no Stevie J.”

  • “Good Girls Go Bad” — Game (feat Drake)

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    VH1 Shoutout: “Straight to you good girl/ Drizzy, I’m sitting here watching Basketball Wives/ Like, ’ugh, them is Basketball Wives.’ The only cute one is Gloria, that’s my n**** Matt Barnes’ chick.”

  • “Codes and Cab Fare” — Black Milk (feat Black Thought)

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    VH1 Shoutout: “But um, you hopin’ better days’ll come/ Face to face with reality, no VH1”

  • “Off 2 The Races” — Joe Budden

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    LYRICS: “Capacity/ How would you ever know it’s not something you ever asked of me/ And VH1 just gave us another…”

  • “Shut Up” — K Michelle

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    VH1 Shoutout: “I don’t give a fuck about no NBA team/ When I’m the one they’re putting on that VH1 screen”

  • “I’m Out” — Ciara (feat Nicki Minaj)

    VH1 Shoutout: “Seen you on your Love and Hip Hop, Mendecees.”

  • “So Crazy (Remix)” — Fred The Godson (feat Cam’ron & Waka Flocka Flame)

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    VH1 Shoutout: “Waka, goddam he knocka/ BX’s finest, I’m coming for tall stacks/ So like Flavor of Love, I’m bringing New York back.”

  • “Sunshine” — Wale

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    VH1 Shoutout: “Already familiar/ VH1 10 and I’m not thinkin’ about these bitches/ Can do without opinions.”

  • “125 Grams Part 3 (Connections)” — Joell Ortiz (feat Gab Gotcha, Grafh, Ras Kass & Sha Stimuli)

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    VH1 Shoutout: “Gangsta sh*t, but he ain’t one/ Till he see that gun and realize nobody really love you/ Like New York on VH1.”

  • “Outlaw Sh–” — Struggle (feat Yelawolf)

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    VH1 Shoutout: “Like a VH1 story with a hard ending/ Shit I’m serving a life sentence and I still got a charge pending”

  • “Man In The Trunk” — Young Dro

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    VH1 Shoutout: “TV’s in the home, watchin’ Tip on VH1.”

  • “I’m Raw” — Lil Wayne

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    VH1 Shoutout: “I will be on VH1 when I’m done being famous/ Explain shit, I have made my way/ You are just a stain bitch, you will fade away.”

  • “Cali Sunshine” Game (feat Bilal)

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    VH1 Shoutout: “More ass than Delicious, that’s my Flavor of Love.”

  • “Gotta Survive” — Ma$e

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    VH1 Shoutout: “They love you when you up/ Kick you when you down/ Look around, VH1 man, where are they now?”

  • “True Love” — Apathy (feat Phonte)

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    VH1 Shoutout: “Borderline, Raphael Saadiddy ho/ So I’m chilling with this fashionista/ Watching VH1 Soul on the couch lamping.”

  • “Last Supper” — The Game (feat Ar-16, Styles P & Jadakiss)

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    VH1 Shoutout: “When it’s time to ride we in that Cutless smothered up/ We real gangstas/ VH1 was just a cover up

  • “TV” — CyHi The Prynce

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    VH1 Shoutout: “But all you watch is VH1 and BET/ Fuck a reality show, it’s already hard enough being me”

  • “Roman Reloaded” — Nicki Minaj

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    VH1 Shoutout: “Hottest MCs, Top 5; you need money? I got mine/ More knots than Eric on Basketball Wives.”

  • “Money in the Bank” — Lil Wayne (feat Mack Maine)

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    VH1 Shoutout: “Missin’ a bush/ Shit’ll get uglier than New York from the Flavor Of Love.”

  • “F*** A Hook” — Kendrick Lamar

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    VH1 Shoutout: “I gotta answer every question with a bullet hole in my hammer/ Like VH1, that’s far beyond your comprehension.”

  • “Ventilation” — Joe Budden

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    VH1 Shoutout: “Life is on some VH1 sh*t/ Just adding some Salt N Pepa to reality while other artists is obsessed.”

  • “Suga Duga” — Cam’ron

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    VH1 Shoutout: “Got a slug import/ Lennox Ave. thug resort/ Not on VH1, but I Love New York.”

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