Written by: Preston Thompson
May the 4th be with us today on Star Wars Day. In a planet hidden within the Milky Way called Earth, a group of Sci-Fi fans, movie-lovers, geeks, and nerds have turned May 4th into a sacred day based off the world’s most popular and referenced movie franchise, Star Wars! Its movies are the most referenced by other movies, TV shows, videos and others. Its fan base has the most loyal group who not only watch the movies and TV shows, but also buy their toys as collectors, wear their clothing, and read their comics and books in search of a story that keeps growing.
On that same planet another group spun off from its parent genre and made a name for itself. A stronghold in the music industry that even the government failed to ban, Hip Hop has taken the mantle of highest-selling genre for years, and its influence is being heard in other genres across the world. Since its rise in the 1980s, namedropping and references has really shaped the lyrical content of a song. Your brand isn’t popular if a rapper doesn’t not namedrop it.
What happens when the Star Wars Universe gets namedropped in a Hip Hop song? You get some of the hottest lyrics to hit your ears! Therefore, I (a fan of both worlds) created a playlist of 13 Hip Hop songs that referenced/namedropped Star Wars.
- Bring the Pain – Method Man
- Hypnotized – The Notorious B.I.G.
- Blessings – Big Sean featuring Drake
- Woo Hah! Got You All In Check – Busta Rhymes
- All N My Grill – Missy Elliott
- Venus vs. Mars – Jay-Z
- 03’ Adolescence- J. Cole
- Happy Valentine’s Day- Outkast
- Rap Phenomenon – The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Redman and Method Man
- Get By – Talib Kweli
- Rocking with the G.O.A.T. – LL Cool J
- Hip Hop Quotables – Ludacris
- Rhyme or Reason – Eminem
Below, I have added a link to the playlist I created on Apple Music