15 Rappers That Put In Work – XXL’s 9-to-5 Anthems

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.


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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.

  • http://TrackHustle.com Indy

    Great post!!!! That Dead Prez video is CRAZY!

    - TrackHustle.com

  • Q461

    love that Camron joint…shorty in the video is dope too…

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    Rock bottom is hard as hell, he speaks the truth on how much it sucks havin a 9 to 5 and workin shitty jobs for lame pay.

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    Actually IF I HAD on the Slim Shady lp is a better example of a song about workin. Rock Bottom is more about bein fed up and about to snap

  • Anonymous

    That Canibus joint is tough too

  • Wh?

    no first of the month?? the whole song is about sellin rocks on the first, thats a job too lol

  • allhiphop>xxlmag

    8 Mile shoulda been Em’s instead of Rock Bottom

  • Eire

    outkast – git up git out, cee lo’s verse is nice.

    • crease

      yeah thats an ill verse

  • Jamal7Mile

    Gotta love “The Vapors.” Devin’s “What a Job” is dope too. And good looks on the Dead Prez jawn. First time seeing a video for that track.

  • Bar

    Skyzoo – For What Its Worth

    • Ron P

      Good lookin Bar…. one of my favs off that LP

  • nz hip hop

    one song that you should check out is nz rap group Smashproof’s song ‘Ordinary Life’

  • Uh-oh

    Ludacris – Slap

  • http://www.youtube.com/thewaywardminds showersongs

    Mannnn….. There’s this rapper named Will Brennan from Florida that has a song called “I Hate My Job” that is wayyyyy better than any of these songs on this list. Don’t get me wrong, all these are good, but as far as explaining the plight of a WORKING MAN…this song kills it.

    Click on my name or just youtube “Will Brennan I hate my job.” Shit is dope.

  • Corbin

    man listenen to all this makes me fuckin depressed, fuck my life and my lame ass job. i ain’t got shit to show for all the work i’ve put in. damn

  • El Tico Loco

    Where’s Murs “Yesterday and Today”?

  • Anonymous

    Every day im hussalin Rik Ross

    • Anonymous

      That song aint about work, Its about a fake dude puttin in a fake hustle.Lame, I didnt care for it even before we found out he was a fraud.

  • Anonymous

    Phonte Last Day joint is classic

    • J-Dub

      I was thinking the same thing.

  • Redder

    The Cam joint describes me to a Tee! I hate my boss dude think he know it all/ But I know I know it all/ But I follow protocol!!

    That Kanye Joint is a close 2nd tho..

  • Vinylsaurus Wrecks

    What about Kool Moe Dee’s I go to work?

  • Chris S

    wow. Atmosphere made your list. i’m impressed. vote definitely goes out to “You”

    great song. great group. go order their new album

  • http://www.myspace.com/higuysimjordanclark jordan c

    i think the audio at the end of the slick rick song was ass rape correct me if im wrong

  • Dub

    TI- Doin my Job

    Sure its about sellin dope, but hey, thats work too

  • r2j

    Kanye West-Spaceship:

    Man, man, man
    If my manager insults me again I will be assaulting him
    After I fuck the manager up then I’m gonna shorten the register up
    Let’s go back, back to the Gap
    Look at my check, wasn’t no scratch
    So if I stole, wasn’t my fault
    Yeah I stole, never got caught
    They take me to the back and pat me
    Askin’ me about some khakis
    But let some black people walk in
    I bet they show off their token blackie
    Oh now they love Kanye, let’s put him all in the front of the store
    Saw him on break next to the ‘No Smoking’ sign with a blunt and a Mall’
    Takin’ my hits, writin’ my hits
    Writin’ my rhymes, playin’ my mind
    This fuckin’ job can’t help him
    So I quit, y’all welcome
    Y’all don’t know my struggle
    Y’all can’t match my hustle
    You can’t catch my hustle
    You can’t fathom my love dude
    Lock yourself in a room doin’ five beats a day for three summers
    That’s a different world like Kree Summers
    I deserve to do these numbers
    The kid that made that deserves that Maybach
    So many records in my basement
    I’m just waitin’ on my spaceship, blao.

    Devin The Dude-What A Job This Is:

    Drankin’ yet I’m thinking of another rhyme
    Smokin’ hoping that some bad news will come some other time
    Cause I’m trying to do what I love,
    I love what I do
    This music is something mo’ different than the weed and the brew
    That’s why we mashin’ we ain’t asking for nothing we working for it
    Push it peddle it to the people they can’t ignore it, this is for
    All the independents, a few major labels
    The big studios who still give niggas favors
    On the mixin’ and mastering, puzzlin’ and plastering the tracks together
    On tapes, CDs, wax or whatever
    This is for all the engineers who smoke weed
    Can’t forget about the production costs and all the hidden fees
    For another rhyme written, we spend time spittin’ in the booth
    Sometimes it’s like a pigeon coop.

    I went through a lot of this stuff back then and I’m going through it now. These are the type of songs that keeps hip-hop alive cause when you’re working, these are the kind of words and songs you want to listen to.