13 times artists reminded listeners that it’s all about the Benjamins

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"It's All About The Benjamins (Remix)," a late '90s posse cut with Diddy, The Notorious B.I.G., The LOX and Lil’ Kim, stands as a pivotal track in Hip Hop's portrayal of wealth. The song's title itself, referencing the image of Benjamin Franklin on the $100 bill, became a catchphrase synonymous with money and opulence. This track not only showcased the lavish lifestyle associated with success in the rap game, but also marked a shift in how emcees approached the subject of money in their lyrics.

Before "It's All About The Benjamins (Remix)," Hip Hop certainly touched upon the same themes (ex. Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M."), but often did so with a degree of caution or moral reflection. However, "Benjamins" celebrated affluence unabashedly with hard-hitting boasts about expensive cars, designer clothes and extravagant parties, painting a vivid picture of the high life. Moreover, the collaboration between all participants lent the song an aura of credibility and authority within the Hip Hop community.

In honor of the iconic record and its inspirational message of getting to the bag, REVOLT collected other dope cuts that referenced the legendary C-note and its namesake on wax. Check them out below.

As one of the most confident rappers in the game, Wiz Khalifa never missed a chance to let his fans know about his hard-earned wealth. Simply put, Wiz always knew that generational wealth was in his future, as could be heard on the Pittsburgh star’s O.N.I.F.C. standout.

Chicago’s Valee always had a way of mixing rhymes about his good fortunes with the realities of life. As he made clear on his and DRAM’s CHASETHEMONEY-produced collaboration, wins and losses go hand-in-hand – you just have to keep moving forward.

Taking a more aggressive approach to the $100 bill, Rico Nasty let it be known that she can afford anything she wants on this Sugar Trap 2 cut. The Maryland star later rapped about high-end whips and certain vices that she preferred to spend her cash on.

If Little Brother is known for anything, it’s brutal honesty. On this standout from their pivotal debut, the then-trio kept it all the way real about the music business and how one’s art is truly valued in modern times.

This cut from The House Is Burning saw the Tennessee talent taking listeners through his sexual escapades and fantasizing about engaging in a certain illicit business to increase his funds. The song was one of many different vibes that made the LP a favorite from the Top Dawg Entertainment catalog.

Like many of his rap peers, Dave East isn't concerned with conversations about money if the speaker doesn’t physically have it. The Harlem veteran also admitted that the possession of currency can make others view you through a different lens.

Much of Migos’ discography is full of references to riches. What makes this one humorously unique is how the Georgia trio managed to flip the latest slang about the $100 bill’s appearance into a reference about the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a clever move thanks to the period when Culture III, the album that this banger appeared on, was created.

Originally meant to appear on Heartbreak on a Full Moon, this throwaway from Chris Breezy had him wanting to spend all of his money on a lucky lady. Collaborator Slim Jxmmi helped to bring the message home on the Scott Storch-backed offering.

Over a dope flip of Donna Summer’s “She Works Hard for the Money” courtesy of Cool & Dre, The Game gave his take on the American dollar and how it affects everybody, from music executives to drug kingpins. As was signature for the Compton legend, the name-drops of other rap peers were more than bountiful on the classic track.

The only thing that K Camp cares about is getting to the bag – and he’s not letting any form of relationship hinder that connection. The vulgar-yet-honest offering was a standout from the Atlanta talent’s FLOAT project.

Kevin Gates has been open about his ups and downs in life, from being broke to longstanding legal issues. One thing is for sure: The NOLA talent is always going to bounce back and flaunt his success for everyone to witness.

On the Konnect classic, Akon told a story about a woman whose only goal in life was to obtain as much money as possible. As the “Right Now (Na Na Na)” emcee put it, the only man with a chance in this woman’s life was Benjamin Frankin, which could have both positive and negative outcomes depending on the situation.

Before his tragic passing, Drakeo The Ruler always had a way with words when it came to rapping about his lifestyle and detractors. Here, he and Ralfy The Plug let haters know how much better they’re faring from a financial standpoint.

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