In this guide, you can discover the top 5 list of Hip Hop tracks that are based around gambling and casinos. The list contains a nice combination of old-school classics as well as some new drops from modern artists.
1. It Was a Good Day by Ice Cube (1992)
When people think about classic hip-hop songs, Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day” is usually one of the first to come to mind. Released back in 1992, It Was a Good Day focuses on 24 hours in Ice Cube’s life. The message is simple: you can still have a fun time even when you’re surrounded by turmoil. This is illustrated by various lyrics in the song, such as:
What’s the haps on the craps?
Shake ’em up, shake ’em up, shake ’em up, shake ’em
And watch me break ’em with the 7, 7-11, 7-11
Ice Cube is playing the popular dice game craps, which is typically played in casinos and on the streets. While playing craps, you can place bets against your friends and potentially win some money back. Here, Ice Cube is referencing the fact that he’s great at craps due to the fact he’s rolling consecutive sevens and elevens. Since the 1990s, craps has become a player-favorite game in online casinos. Now, instead of playing it on street corners, you can fire up your smartphone or tablet to play craps at home instead. Similarly, you can also play other famed online casino games, too, such as online video poker and even online pokies (which are popular in countries like New Zealand and Australia) through licensed casino sites. If you play as well as Ice Cube, it’ll definitely be a good day for you.
2. Vegas by Doja Cat (2022)
Doja Cat is one of the best female rap artists around today. After exploding onto the scene with her classic album Hot Pink (2019), Doja Cat has earnt herself millions of fans around the world. So, when she dropped Vegas in 2022, this song went down extremely well with her audience. The lyrical content sees Doja Cat discuss her relationship problems with a man and how “this ain’t stayin’ in Vegas”.
3. Who Gon Stop Me by Jay Z and Kanye West (2011)
In 2011, Jay Z and Kanye West released their classic Watch the Throne. Among the most underrated tunes from the collaboration has to be Who Gon Stop Me, which sees Jay Z and Kanye discuss how they both live luxurious lives and have come from nothing. In the 2nd verse, Jay Z lets everyone know that he loves to gamble at The Wynn Las Vegas casino, rapping:
I’m winning again, I’m at the Wynn
I’m at the table, I’m gamblin’
Lucky lefty, I expect a seven
I went through hell, I’m expectin’ heaven
Just like Ice Cube in It Was a Good Day, Jay Z is playing craps and is expecting to win by landing some sevens.
4. Vegas by Kendrick Lamar (leaked from 2014)
Recently, the song Vegas by Kendrick Lamar leaked. Many fans suspect that the song is from around 2014 and was supposed to be on Kendrick’s classic TPAB album.
If gambling is a sin, then I’m rolling dice with Lucifer to make sure I ain’t losing you
Kendrick is drawing a comparison between gambling and relationships, letting people know that they’re very similar to each other.
5. I’m So Paid by Akon feat. Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy (2008)
This classic song by Akon is all about living the good life, having a good time, and gambling along the way. At the time, Akon, Lil Wayne, and Young Jeezy were all in their primes. This led to “I’m So Paid” becoming a huge smash hit that fans still love to this day.
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