FEATURE: “Off The Chain,” Hip-Hop’s 25 Best Stickup Songs

Rappers and robbers have always had a love-hate relationship. First, the petty purse-snatcher graduates to flossy rap star, only to have his own pockets relieved by stickup kids looking to add a couple of dollar signs to their name. It’s hip-hop’s cycle of trife. So the unfortunate news of Brisco recently being mugged at gunpoint was no surprise here. While the four muggers are still on the lam, XXL has an idea of what the crooks were bumping on the way to the holdup. Peep the playlist. –John Kennedy

“Ante Up (Robbing-Hoodz Theory)” – M.O.P.

Turning church boys to crooks since year 2000.

 

“Children’s Story” – Slick Rick

The quintessential hip-hop robbery.

 

“How To Rob” – 50 Cent Feat. The Mad Rapper

All your industry faves–now with 95% less bling!

 

“The Heist” –Big L

Harlem style.

 

“The Heist” – Busta Rhymes Feat. Ghostface Killah, Raekwon & Flipmode Squad

Brooklyn/Shaolin style.

 

“Don’t Ring The Alarm (The Heist)” – Spice 1

New Yorkers ain’t the only ones robbing.

“The Heist” – The Lox

Doesn’t always go according to plan.

 

“Gimme The Loot” – The Notorious B.I.G.

Don’t forget the baby rings, and the #1 Mom pendant.

 

“Give Up The Goods (Just Step)” – Mobb Deep

Nobody move, nobody shot.

 

“Train Robbery” – Kool G Rap & DJ Polo

Gettin’ subway money before that J-Lo. and Westley Snipes flick.

 

“Player Hater” – The Notorious B.I.G.

Sing along as you remove your Rolex.

 

“Shakey Dog” –Ghostface

Part two is even realer.

“Jackin’ For Beats” – Ice Cube

No producers were harmed during the making of this track.

 

“Stolen Moments” –Common

They took everything–’cept Com’s croquet pants.

 

“Just To Get A Rep” – Gangstarr

What goes around, comes around.

 

“Blaze A 50” – Nas

Even insurance companies can get got.

 

“Hands Up” – Elzhi

This definitely ain’t a party.

 

“Rob & Vic” – Onyx

Queens get the money.

“Ski Mask Way” – 50 Cent

Anything less would be uncivilized. And easily identifiable.

 

“Creepin On Ah Come Up” – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 

Give it up… fast!

 

“The Stick Up” – Mystikal Feat. Mia X & Fiend

The N.O. Bonnie and Clyde.

 

“Stick Up” – CNN

Stick and move.

 

“Hollywood Bank Robbery” – Daz Dillinger, Tray Deee, Snoop Dogg & Kurupt

The West’s best set it off, word to Latifah.

 

“Everything Ya Got” – D-Block Feat. Sheek Louch, J-Hood & Styles P

The Cheers theme was never this gangsta.

 

“Help (I Been Robbed)” – Serius Jones

Poe Boy remix, coming soon.

  • B.C.

    First!!!

    What about Warren G’s Regulator?

    • http://www.myspace.com/lunatic74 Lunatic

      Yo what about 3 deep creepin -Dirty

      • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

        4REAL!!! dats dat SHIT!

        what about Eightball & MJG – Armed Robbery? i could’ve swore that it was gonna be on this list.

    • makaveli1671

      XXL do yall just sit up & think of ways to promote ignorance? A young brother by the name of Justin Daniels(R.I.P.) lost his life over the same stupidity that yall promoting with this stick up insanity here in Chicago over the weekend…..a good kid bound for college in two weeks murdered in a STICK UP gone wrong…..thanx a lot XXL for celebrating songs that promote violence in our community….whats next?…. the top 25 black on black crimes songs in rap….what is this world coming to

      • King Joffy Joe

        @ makaveli1671. MAJOR Co-Sign. The shit is all fun and games until someone actually loses their life over sheer ignorance.

        God Bless The Dead.

        K. Joffy Joseph

  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    B.C., good call on “Regulate.” Other than that, I think they covered most of them.

    “Rob & Vic” by Onyx is sick and criminally slept-on!

    • Ja$e

      co-sign “Rob & Vic” is ill but “Veronica” is insane. Stickey Fingaz one of the most underrated period. Still don’t understand how you could murder Em on his own shit and still not get a head nod (II) thrown your way.

      • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

        That entire Shut Em Down album is crack…

        • $ykotic/Don McCaine

          COME ON Y’ALL. HOW YOU GONNA HAVE THIS DROP AND NOT NAME:

          THE L.O.X.-”F*CK YOU”

          WOULD HAVE TOOK:

          ONYX-”BACDAFUCUP”

    • P. Harris

      co sign…

      That album was hard, I think “Veronica” was better though, that should be up here…

  • General

    How the hell you not have Eazy E featuring MC Ren-Nobody Move??? That is one of original “stick up” songs from a pioneer

    That Train Robbery joint from Kool G. Rap is classic though…

    • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

      “Nobody Move” is a classic!

      • General

        Not to mention Eazy also had “No More Questions” on that same LP that is a stick up song too…

        Damn XXL, no love for Eazy E, the godfather of gangsta rap, are you serious???

    • Jesus Martinez

      Definitely thought Eazy-E and NWA would be the number ones on there. That Appetite for Destruction video with the bank robbery was crazy and Nobody Move is my favorite E track.

  • http://xxl.com conscious

    eminem-murder murder(classic)

    • P. Harris

      co sign

  • death2uniggaz

    too many east coast rappers, NY dont hit licks like niggaz down here, yall just keep copyin

  • que

    where is that FACE MOBB robery song that shit is hard.

  • Info~red

    Dang I aint hatin on the list but most of this is new york to me,where’s three 6 mafia/8ball and mjg?they been making the best rap songs about robbery and beating mofos down for the past 19 years.

  • mazemayhim

    The criminals prolly wasn’t een slappin any robbery song. They prolly had ya woy ply bumpin b4 they hit dat lick in the barbershop. I know I’ve had Marvin Gaye’s “God Is Love” slappin on a few of my own personal capers…but, that’s neither here nor there

  • Lloyd Sedio

    Guys i know this blog is about stick up songs, but “same song n dance” is a classic kidnapping track handsdown.

  • sean jay

    So none of yall heard of “Chinese New Year” by Clipse? I rest my case!

    • chris

      “Im at your door/Your eyes are like why are you here/Judging by my steel I got something to do here/Give up the money or the angel cry two tears/In front of your crib sounding like Chinese New Year”

      Word

  • PAS

    But wheres “Stop lookin at me” by the cutthroats?!!The Bald Head Slick(Guru) joint offa theMenace to society OST??!

  • ATUM-RA

    YA’LL MUST’VE FORGOT “HEISTMASTERS” BY M.O.P. TO THE DEATH!!!!!!!

  • Realniggashit

    I think this is the MOST bias list every made. Nothing but corny ass NY niggas. Where are all the westcoast robbery songs. Even better like Info~red said… Where the hell is 8ball/MJG Robbery song. Come on now XXL these songs on here are bullshit anyways. We need to see some southern robbery songs on here next time. We do real anyways.

  • Silly Willy

    Yapp City – GFK

    nuff said…

    • P. Harris

      co the fuck sign!

      that’s my number 1…

  • st.martin

    lay it down, lay it down, you hoes lay it down. come on yo ya’ll dont know nothing about this

  • Slymm

    Wut about Rhonda by Pastor Troy, Armed Robbery by Ball and G, Let’s Plan a Robbery by Three 6 Mafia, What Happened by T.I.?

    Y’all niggas sleeping on th South as usual.

  • st.martin

    “lay it down lay it down you hoes lay it down” come on dude and im from new york

    • ddollars

      yea SON I co-sign dat all day. NY nicca, but that lay it down is OFFICAL!

  • Mal

    How xxl goin foget Heat DMX
    dat joint fire yo harder den half da songs on da list

  • Da

    first Friend or Foe?

  • Boogie Heights

    How about Young Bucks – Black Gloves, Black Mask ????
    And how about E.P.S’s – Home Invasion ???

  • bornnraisedcmr

    No Jay-Z Friend or Foe? WTF?

  • WiLL_SiN510

    BIG PUN “Fast Money” !!!

  • hippa>>hoppa

    ante up = GOAT stickup song…word to young berg…

  • Kappadolla

    “nicca you ain’t got to exlplain sh!t I been robbin mutha Fu**as since the slave ships-Biggie
    One bar killed all those songs combined

  • http://www.J-LOFTMusic.com J-LOFT

    What about 8 Ball & MJG, Armed Robbery, Yall sleepin on that ONE!!!

    http://www.J-LOFTmusic.com
    J-LOFT,

  • nobody

    no 8ball and mjg armed robbery 1 and 2, ludacris stick em up. i guess whoever wrote this blog momma didnt let him listen to rap until he moved out the house. does biggie i got a story to tell count as a stick up song?

  • arkofhiphop

    HOW ARE YA GOING TO FORGET PUNS STICK UP STORY OFF OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT!!!!! YA BUGGING!

  • SOFAKING

    Good shit for that Ice Cube cut.

  • Lex Diamonds

    Modern May Mugging MF DOOm

  • Christian

    What about Heat by 50 Cent, the 1st time I saw that video I walked out the house, whooped a niggaz ass, and took his bike lol……im forreal tho

  • dc

    q-unique – fashion victims

  • jkeith734

    C-Murder-Robbery (On Master P re-released The Ghetto’s Tryin to Kill Me)

    Jay-Z Friend or Foe

    Mac Mall Da Bank Heist (Irony due to the fact he ran with the Romper Room Gang)

    Eazy-E/MC Ren Nobody Move Yeah how could you leave that off

    8ball & MJG Armed Robbery ^^^^^^^

  • Mustafa

    Wheres ill whip yo head boyyyy by fiddy? ish was straight thuggin

  • MEXICANO

    where its the
    ROBBERY SONG BY PAPOOSE
    THE BEST LYRICIST ALIVE

  • A-Z

    Royce da 5’9″ – on the low
    No dmx? Them crackheads get it in too

  • http://www.justice.gov.za Percy

    Friend/Foe mos def deserves a mentioned. I wish i can do a song like that,honestly.
    Ante up = GOAT.
    Blaze a 50 = classic
    Playa Hater = humorous

  • fanatic

    the robbery song by akinyely !!

  • Wallman

    Obie Trice – Snitch

  • Avenger XL

    take out the secuirty guard with the slap of my hand yeah he’s wearing a badge but he’s an old ass man.

    HOW COULD YOU FORGET EAZY E’S “NOBODY MOVE NOBODY GETS HURT”?

  • skinny city

    what about la da darkman heist of the centry

  • bz

    love that hollywood song long time

  • haaboggie

    Many Men? come on XXL

  • Quan

    .. i would have to say for the skits on the cd you can add Redmans “Raye Raye” skits where neccesary. Ladies and gentleman; this is a F*cking stickup.

  • Chomps

    Killer Mike-Duces Wild

    diffrent point of view
    getting robbed by junkies

    classic

    • Reemycks!

      Killer Mike “Get’em Shawty”

      “I got a ski mask covering my dome, pissing in a coke can waiting for you to come home.”

      David Banner “The X-Mas Song”

  • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

    GIMMIE THE LOOT… GIMMIE THE LOOT..SAME CLIP SAME 45.. WHO WROTE THIS ARTICLE AND PUT PLAYER HATER BY BIG… WTF IS THAT…

  • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

    WTF? GIMMIE THE LOOT..SAME CLIP SAME 45.. WHO WROTE THIS ARTICLE AND PUT PLAYER HATER BY BIG… WTF IS THAT…REAKWON GLACEIRS OF ICE? SPOT RUSHERS? WHO THE HELL IS IN CHARGE

  • Moi

    EDGE OF SANITY BY KOOL G. RAP . . . Great Train Robbery too but Edge of Sanity beats most of these by a mile. LIVE AND LET DIE–go cop it.

  • JAY508

    http://www.datpiff.com/Hosted_By_Ariez_The_Next_Thing_Smoking.m20680.html

    LISTEN TO “DOWN WE GO”

    AGHHHHHH IM BOUT TO HIT ME A ROBBERY NOW AFTER THAT SHIT!!!!

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