10 Hip-Hop Artists Who Mention Money Most Often In Their Lyrics

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Written by Ann Brown
Rapper Meek Mill departs after a hearing at a Pennsylvania appeals court in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Lawyers for Mill asked an appeals court Tuesday to overturn a 2008 drug and gun conviction that has kept the rapper on probation for a decade and made him a celebrity crusader for criminal justice reform. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Money, money, money. There are some hip-hop artists who seem obsessed with rapping about money. There’s a new tool, Cash Obsessed Rappers, that reveals which rappers mention cash terms the most in their hip-hop lyrics. 

The tool was created by the lotto betting provider lottoland.co.uk, and it breaks down the cash terms individually (such as ballin’, millionaire, and money). Then it displays which rappers use each term the most often. The tool analyzed more than 4 million words from 30 of the industry’s biggest artists, past and present.

In addition to finding out which rapper mentions money terms the most, users are also able to see the most common cash terms used by each artist. For example, Cardi B says “money”, “cash” and “diamond” most often in her songs. A$AP Rocky often uses “gold” and “buck,” according to a press release.

 Here are the top 10 rappers obsessed with money.

10. 21 Savage

21 Savage rapped about cash 1.22 percent of the time 

Just take a listen to the London-born rapper’s song “Money Convo,” with the lyrics “We like cash, we like cash, cash, cash…”

In 2017 the Atlanta-based rapper released his debut studio album, “Issa Album.”  It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and gave him his first Billboard Hot 100 top 20 song, “Bank Account,” another song focused on, what else, cash.  In December 2018, 21 Savage released his second album, “I Am > I Was,” which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and stayed at number one for two consecutive weeks.

Last year, Savage was arrested by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE claimed  21 Savage, who entered the U.S. in July 2005, had unlawfully overstayed his visa which expired in July 2006. He was released on bond on February 12, 2019, and released the next day, pending the outcome of an expedited deportation hearing, which has yet to take place.

9. Pusha T

1.22 percent of the time Pusha T raps about money in some shape or form. And his song lyrics prove just that. Among his hits are “Lunch Money.” 

Pusha T initially hit the music scene as half of hip-hop duo Clipse, alongside his brother and rapper No Malice. Together they founded Re-Up Records. He went solo in 2010, when he signed to Kanye West’s GOOD Music label. He dropped his first solo project in 2011, a mixtape titled “Fear of God.” His debut album followed in 2013, “My Name Is My Name.” Two years later in 2015, West appointed president of GOOD Music. 

8. Post Malone

Post Malone ranks number 8 on the listing as he raps about money 1.3 percent of the time. Post Malone mentions ‘ballin’’ the most (9.14 times per 10,000 words), whilst Notorious B.I.G mentions ‘dough’ (6.68 times per 10,000 words) and ‘loot’ (7.77 times per 10,000 words) the most.

Post made his studio album debut with “Stoney” in 2016, which peaked at number four on the US Billboard 200, and was ultimately certified triple platinum. He’s been on the rise ever since.

7. Future 

The online tool found that Future rapped about money terms 1.26 percent of the time. Atlanta born and bred, Future started out as part of the Dungeon Family Hip-Hop collective. Going off on his own he racked up a number of hits, some solo some with others, and many of them with “money” in the title, such as “Rather Get Money,” “Covered N Money,” “Blood On The Money,” and “Rent Money.”

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6. Meek Mill

Rapper and criminal justice reform activist Meek Mill loves money so much he raps about it 1.33 percent of the time. Even his hits have titles centered around finances — “For The Love of Money,” “R.I.C.O,” “What’s Free,” and “Money Aint No Issue.”

Meek Mill, 32, has been on probation most of his adult life, mainly due to an arrest as a teenager.

5. Lil Baby

Lil Baby rolled in at number 5 as he rhymes about money 1.37 percent of the time. Just look at the songs he rapped on, such as “Cash,” “Ezzy Money,” “Money,” and “Dirty Money.”  

4. Gucci Mane

Gucci Mane is famous for many reasons and one is his penchant for the finer things in life, such as money, which he raps about 1.44 percent of the time. Just look at the titles of the tracks he has rapped on: “Money Machine,” “Money Calling,” “Money Make Ya Handsome,” “Money Piling,” “Love For Money,” “Me And My Money,” “Making Love to My Money,” “All About The Money,” and “Long Money.”

3. Lil Uzi Vert

Lil Uzi Vert is one of the top three of rappers who mention money the most. Why? Because he raps about cash some 1.44 percent of the time. He first came to attention following the release of his debut single “Money Longer” in 2016, which went certified double platinum.

2. Cardi B 

She may be relatively new to the Hip-Hop game compared to others on the list but she shouts out to money the second most often, coming in at 1.54 percent of the time. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York City, she first became an Internet celebrity after posting about her stripper days. But her one of her first major rap hits was all about the Benjamins. On “Money” she raps: “But nothing in this world that I like more than checks (Money)/All I really wanna see is the (Money)/I don’t really need the D, I need the (Money)/All a bad bitch need is the (Money)…”

1. Playboi Carti

Playboi Carti may not be as well known as Hip-Hop artists on the list, but he topped it as he had rhymes about money 1.8 percent. Currently signed to A$AP Mob’s AWGE Label and Interscope Records, his debut studio album, “Die Lit,” was released on May 11, 2018. Among his tracks are “Money Counter,” “Bankroll,” and “Money Coming.”

Ann Brown
Image Attribution: By Autumn Keiko original: Rapper Meek Mill departs after a hearing at a Pennsylvania appeals court in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Lawyers for Mill asked an appeals court Tuesday to overturn a 2008 drug and gun conviction that has kept the rapper on probation for a decade and made him a celebrity crusader for criminal justice reform. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke), By Autumn Keiko original: Rapper Meek Mill departs after a hearing at a Pennsylvania appeals court in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Lawyers for Mill asked an appeals court Tuesday to overturn a 2008 drug and gun conviction that has kept the rapper on probation for a decade and made him a celebrity crusader for criminal justice reform. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)