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Hip-hop references are a central part of hip-hop music. These allusions are typically to popular culture, but can include varied other topics as well. Hip-hop references serve to illustrate points (frequently through exaggeration), shock, and to complete rhymes. Some are overtly political, while others simply give credit or express dismay.
For the purposes of this entry, this category is distinct from hip-hop music insults, which are often made in a similar manner. To be manageable, simple references to places, money, sex, drugs and alcohol are also excluded.
"Yo, the things I'm seein' on the news is insane/A stock broker shoot his kid and throw himself in front of a train/A mother leave her baby home for two weeks all by himself/Two years old, eatin' ketchup and mustard, cryin for help" "I Try", Talib Kweli
"Rap mags try and use my black ass/So advertisers can give 'em more cash for ads...fuckers" "99 Problems", Jay-Z
"Calling out these racists, at Rolling Stone/Spin, Details and other places, KRS is The Source/Fuck these magazines leadin' hip-hop off course/You'll print about black mayors, black senators/Why you ain't got no black editors?/Everytime I do an interview in Rolling Stone/They sendin' me a writer that look like he is Home Alone/Ignorant of the culture and the microphone" "Bulworth", KRS-ONE