The world of hip-hop and gambling are undeniably intertwined, as gambling lyrics are often seen in hip-hop songs. Several rappers choose to dive into the gambling world, as some of the most successful rappers are known for throwing chips into the pot and even winning big world tournaments. While some rappers exclusively play, some also choose to rap about the highs and lows of playing. Here are some of the songs to sing along to.
- Kendrick Lamar – Vegas
Often recognized as one of the best rappers of all time, Kendrick Lamar raps about the elusiveness and temptations of gambling while using the gambling jargon as a metaphor for his love life. With lyrics like ‘doin’ blackjack, twenty-one, twenty thousand in it, he is not to be mistaken as anything else than a big player.
While Chicago also has brick-and-mortar casinos, some choose to take advantage of the exclusive offers at the several online casinos available. And if you’re anything like Kendrick Lamar, also known as K Dot, you want to be strategic about your playing.
- Ice Cube – It Was A Good Day
The iconic song by Ice Cube is one of the most well-known songs, which includes gambling. The title gives it away, as this was just a really good day for Ice Cube. Besides having a great day, Ice Cube decides to play a game of craps, which is a popular dice game. In craps, the player has to roll a seven or eleven on the first roll to win, so Ice Cube boasts of rolling 7, 7-11, and 7-11 in a row. Craps is an entertaining game which is often overshadowed by poker.
- The Notorious B.I.G. – Mo Money Mo Problems
A song that has left a significant impact on hip-hop fans is the one by The Notorious B.I.G., also known as Biggie. In this song, he raps about the downsides of having money, as it reveals more problems. Here, he pays homage to gambling with the lyrics ‘it’s a bet, lay it down’, where he, of course, speaks of betting. In Chicago, betting is legal, as there are several sportsbooks. However, sportsbooks have to be in the sports stadiums of Chicago.
- Doja Cat – Vegas
As the only female rapper on the list, Doja Cat pays homage to Las Vegas with the song of the same name in the soundtrack to the movie Elvis. The song is highly popular for sampling the song ‘Hound Dog’ from 1952, which was famously covered by Elvis Presley. With clever wordplay throughout the song, Doja Cat sings of a man who is a ‘player’ and doesn’t deserve her attention.