The first Monday in September is a time to reflect on the strength of American labor, but for most folks Labor Day symbolizes the end of the summer and a day to get our last barbeque in. For rappers, of course, it’s a time to party. Just check the amount of shows and club dates going down in your city this weekend. Still, through the years quite a few artists have reflected on their laborious days and delivered songs that the every day Joe can relate to.
So while, everybody else took the day off, XXLMag.com put in work and listed 15 noted hip-hop songs that centered on the spirit of Labor Day. Don’t quit your day job!
Kanye West “Spaceships”
Before his swagger was on a 100,000 trillion, the Louis Vuitton Don was folding khakis at the Gap. On “Spaceships,” a soulful standout from his 2004 debut LP, The College Dropout, ’Ye recalls his work-a-day blues in the beginning of his first verse: “If my manager insults me again/I will be assaulting him…” Since then Kanye has upgraded, now he has himself a good ass job.
Cam’ron “I Hate My Job”
Cam returned from his rap hiatus early last year with this depressing tune about the downfalls of holding a steady J-O-B. Seems like Killa weighed his options before returning to the rap game: “Lunch break, gimme a break, a damn half-an-hour.” Nah, in actuality this wasn’t Cam’s story, he was inspired by a “female” that he knows and flipped the concept so the rest of us working stiffs can relate.
Consequence “Job Song”
While most artists dedicate a song or two to there past lines of employment, Cons dedicated his entire 2007 album, Don’t Quit Your Day Job, to his decision to skip the 9-to-5 route to pursue his dreams of becoming an MC. On “Job Song,” he talks about having to return to the world of employment in order to pay his long list of bills.