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Literary References in Hip-Hop

2Pac (Ft. Eric Williams) – Do For Love
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2Pac (Ft. Eric Williams) – Do For Love

Tupac Shakur, who needs no introduction whatsoever has countlessly made lyricism the focal point of his music. In "Do For Love" Shakur alludes to Walter Scott's poem "Marmion" in which both tell the story of I'll-fated love with a pinch of deception. Being my favorite 90s rapper Tupac was going to make the curation regardless.

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G-Eazy – Intro (When It's Dark Out)
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G-Eazy – Intro (When It's Dark Out)

When It's Dark Out is the first studio album released by hip-hop recording artist Gerald Earl Gillum, better known as G-Eazy. In the first song, conveniently called "Intro", G-Eazy recites "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" a poem written by Dylan Thomas
(1914-1953). I chose this song as it is a record made by one of my favorite rappers, ans it included text that i recognized very easily as it is also referenced in "The Outsiders", one of my favorite books.

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Jay Z – 100$ Bill
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Jay Z – 100$ Bill

One of the wealthiest rappers Jay Z (Shawn Carter) penned an incredibly lyrical song for the movie adaptation of "The Great Gatsby". "Stock markets just crash, now I'm just a bill, History don't repeat itself, it rhymes, 1929, still write like Mark Twain, Jay Gatsby, I park things, Yellow cars, Yellow gold...". i chose this entry because it belongs to the soundtrack of the movie of one o my favorite plots.

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The Notorious B.I.G. (Ft. Method Man) – The What
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The Notorious B.I.G. (Ft. Method Man) – The What

Being a rather basic and relatively provocative reference, Wu Tang Clan affiliate Method Man in his collaboration with Biggie Smalls/Christopher Wallace stated "(Assume the position) stop look and listen I spit on your grave then I grab my Charles Dickens." The only reason this item made the list for me was because it was collaboration with my favorite New York rapper in Christopher Wallace.

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A$AP Rocky (Ft. Gesaffelstein) – In Distress
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A$AP Rocky (Ft. Gesaffelstein) – In Distress

A$AP MOB affiliate A$AS Rocky is know for his substantial references in his music which includes this entry. Rocky based the song on the idea about how unstable stable society becomes when reliant on segregation, a direct pull from the plot of "Divergent" in which his song was featured on the movie adaptations soundtrack. This entry has gained a spot in this curation because of its subtle relation to the booo that I've come to admire a lot.

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Lupe Fiasco (Ft. GemStones & Graham Burris) – Dumb It Down
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Lupe Fiasco (Ft. GemStones & Graham Burris) – Dumb It Down

Single released by Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco references "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" written by Washington Irving (1783-1859). As the song goes, "And I'm brainless, which means I'm headless Like Ichabod Crane is, or foreplay-less sex is, which makes me sane-less." I added this to the list primarily because of the fact that Lupe Fiasco is an idol of mine and that he included a reference to one of my favorite TV shows, "Sleepy Hollow".

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Coolio (Ft. L.V.) – Gangsta's Paradise
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Coolio (Ft. L.V.) – Gangsta's Paradise

This 90s classic performed by Coolio references Psalms 23 with its opening line. "As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I take a look at my life and realize there's nothing left." I chose this because the wordplay intrigued me as well as the way the song flows. He relates the details of his life to the lamented verse, noting how God has used his influence to change Coolio's life.

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The Roots (Ft. Black Thought, Dice Raw & Malik B) – 100% Dundee
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The Roots (Ft. Black Thought, Dice Raw & Malik B) – 100% Dundee

100% Dundee, apart of the Roots studio album "Things Fall Apart" (another reference to Chinua Achebe) is a song dedicated to the life of Mr. Achebe who at the time had recently died. I chose this entry because I am very famalier with the book that is the inspiration for the albums title, and the song references an author that I am very fond of.

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