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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

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

Turning church boys to crooks since year 2000.

 

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“Children’s Story” – Slick Rick

The quintessential hip-hop robbery.

 

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

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

 

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“The Heist” –Big L

Harlem style.

 

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

Brooklyn/Shaolin style.

 

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

New Yorkers ain’t the only ones robbing.

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“The Heist” – The Lox

Doesn’t always go according to plan.

 

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

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

 

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

Nobody move, nobody shot.

 

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“Train Robbery” – Kool G Rap & DJ Polo

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

 

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“Player Hater” – The Notorious B.I.G.

Sing along as you remove your Rolex.

 

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“Shakey Dog” –Ghostface

Part two is even realer.

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“Jackin’ For Beats” – Ice Cube

No producers were harmed during the making of this track.

 

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“Stolen Moments” –Common

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

 

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“Just To Get A Rep” – Gangstarr

What goes around, comes around.

 

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“Blaze A 50” – Nas

Even insurance companies can get got.

 

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“Hands Up” – Elzhi

This definitely ain’t a party.

 

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“Rob & Vic” – Onyx

Queens get the money.

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“Ski Mask Way” – 50 Cent

Anything less would be uncivilized. And easily identifiable.

 

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

Give it up… fast!

 

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

The N.O. Bonnie and Clyde.

 

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“Stick Up” – CNN

Stick and move.

 

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

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

 

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

The Cheers theme was never this gangsta.

 

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“Help (I Been Robbed)” – Serius Jones

Poe Boy remix, coming soon.

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