Feature: Gambling Related Hip Hop Classics
Whether you like it or not, money is very frequently an integral part of the hip hop game. Sometimes spent wisely, and too often not! A popular way of winning and spending a big amount of money is the at the casino or street corners gambling, so we’ve compiled a list of the best gambling related tracks, and not the novelty stuff either!
First up is from one of the most articulate and witty emcees to ever touch the mic. Despite his tragic untimely death in 1999 he still holds the utmost respect amongst the core hip hop audience for his flow, delivery concepts and general charisma.
This track tells the story of a fateful game of ‘street craps’, and was off his second and final record ‘The Big Picture’ which didn’t get the same reception as his 1995 debut ‘Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous’.
Big L – Casualties of a dice game
Genuine old school fans of UK hip hop will remember this talented jazz hip hop artist who first came into the game in 1995 at 17 years old! OK, he does spit with a New York accent but in the early 2000s there wasn’t a huge selection of credible British rappers and he was definitely one of the better ones!
Funky DL – Roll The Dice
A must have inclusion has to be this Wu Tang member’s themed track about one of the most universally played card games out there! ‘Pokerface’ is a signature style Tony Starks banger, with a ton of technical termanology from the game thrown in! Once you’ve listened to this a few times, you’ll be able to head over to Castle Jackpot to play a few hands, and without even thinking twice about it, provide commentary while you play!
Ghostface – Pokerface
This track, off his overlooked album, ‘The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book’ serves as a testament to his talent as a diverse and experimental practitioner of hip hop. Who else can bring a country & western legend on a track with a legend like Monche?! He gets Kenny Rogers to provide a variation of the chorus from his 1978 number-one hit ‘The Gambler’, and chopped up with Pharoah’s timeless classic ‘Simon Says’.
Wyclef Jean – Kenny Rogers – Pharoahe Monch Dub Plate
Which of these tracks deserves the crown as the best gambling related track?? Leave comments below!