In honor of Cinco de Mayo (the day non-Mexicans get drunk because they think it’s Mexican Independence Day), thinks it’d be fitting to list some of the more popular alcoholic drinks mentioned in hip-hop music.

MCs always tend to have a drink du jour, whether it is Ice Cube “slangin’ bean pies and St. Ides in the same sentence” or Busta Rhymes stomping on Monique’s toes because she drank the last of the Courvoisier. Big business is listening also; every time a key influence, such as Diddy, name drops a product, sales automatically shoot up. It’s the kind of advertising money can’t buy.

So sit back and relax. This round’s on us.—Jesus Trivino Alarcon


Dom Perignon


This champagne is named after a 17th century monk.
Spokesmen: Jadakiss, Wyclef Jean, 2 Live Crew, Little Shawn, Notorious B.I.G., etc.
1st Appearance: 1989
Endorsement: “Can't we just all get along?/ So I can put hickies on her chest like Lil’ Shawn/ Get her pissy drunk off of Dom Perignon/ And it's on, and I'm gone”—Biggie “Party and Bullshit”



Wine Enthusiast ranked Alize as one of the 50 best bangs for your buck spirits in 2006.
Spokesmen: Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, RZA, Saigon, Jay-Z, etc.
1st Appearance: Early ‘90s
Endorsement: “Ayo, raise 'em up, hold ya cup up/ let the Alize fill them up”—RZA “Drink, Smoke, and Fuck”

Thug Passion

Thug Passion

Just like Pac said, “Two parts Cristal, one part Alize.”
Spokesmen: 2Pac, Lil Boosie, etc.
1st Appearance: Early ‘90s
Endorsement: “It's a potion for my niggas in motion, forever blastin'/ Bitches ain't ready for this Thug Passion”—2Pac “Thug Passion”

E & J


The brandy is named after its founders, brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo.
Spokesmen: Notorious B.I.G., Mobb Deep, etc.
1st Appearance: Early ‘90s
Endorsement: She mad because what we had didn’t last I’m glad because her cousin let me hit the ass Fuck the past: let’s dwell on the 500SL, the E&J and ginger ale Notorious B.I.G. “One More Chance”



The Dutch beer company owns more than 125 breweries in over 70 countries.
Spokesmen: Nas, D-12, Kool G. Rap, Notorious B.I.G., etc.
1st Appearance: Early ‘90s
Endorsement: “True in the game, as long as blood is blue in my veins/ I pour my Heineken brew to my deceased crew on memory lane”—Nas “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in da Park)”



The biggest non-British consumers of this gin are Americans.
Spokesmen: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Wiz Khalifa, Tha Alkaholiks
1st Appearance: Early ‘90s
Endorsement: “Gettin faded wit another nigga wife/ Drinkin hella champagne / Tanqueray wit the sprite/ Then I'm up in the AM to catch another flight”—Wiz Khalifa “The Kid Frankie”

Colt 45


It worked every time for smooth ass Billy Dee Williams.
Spokesmen: Snoop Dogg, Afro Man, Tha Alkaholiks, etc.
1st Appearance: Early ‘90s
Endorsement: “Coke bottle shape, like green eyes/ Drunk off of love like a Colt 45/ I keep kush in my lungs, I'ma smoke 'til I die”—Snoop Dogg “Boom”

Seagrams Gin


In the late 1990s, Seagrams Inc. owned urban music powerhouse Def Jam Records.
Spokesmen: Snoop Dogg, Method Man, etc.
1st Appearance: Early ‘90s
Endorsement: “Now that I got me some Seagram's Gin/ Everybody got they cups, but they ain't chipped in”—Snoop Dogg “Gin & Juice”



The timeless hip-hop liquor is the largest producer of cognac in the world.
Spokesmen: 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tech N9ne, Nas, etc.
1st Appearance: Early ‘90s
Endorsement: "Hey, remember me? Down that Hennessy/ The nigga you don't wanna see, let me proceed”—Pac “Hennessy”

St. Ides


Also known as The Crooked I, this malt liquor employed various rappers as pitchmen.
Spokesmen: Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Notorious B.I.G., Dr. Dre, King Tee, Cypress Hill, Geto Boys, Wu Tang Clan, etc. 1st Appearance: ‘90s
Endorsement: “With St. Ides in my system, crack another I'm blitzed, let's go hit the next one/ Hang it over, the object is to stay sober/ Lay on the sofa, better yet, dial my chauffeur”—Raekwon, St. Ides Commercial

Olde English


The original 40 ounce is owned by beer giant Miller Brewing Company.
Spokesmen: Game, Youngbloodz, LL Cool J, etc.
1st Appearance: ‘90s
Endorsement: “Olde English filled my mind/ And I came up with a funky rhyme”—LL Cool J “Mama Said Knock You Out”

Remy Martin


This brandy was founded in France in 1724.
Spokesmen: T.I., Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G.,Dr. Dre
1st Appearance: Early ‘90s
Endorsement: “But before I hit the dope spot, I gotta get the chronic/ the Remy Martin and my soda pop”—Dr. Dre “Let Me Ride”

Grand Marnier


Created in 1880 it is often used in pastries.
Spokesmen: Canibus, Notorious B.I.G., Gucci Mane, etc.
1st Appearance: Early ‘90s
Endorsement: “Grand Marnier increase the don strength/ Two four-fifths within my arms length”—Notorious B.I.G. “Would You Die For Me”

Asti Spumante


This desert wine from Italy is low on alcohol.
Spokesmen: Prodigy, Nas, Redman, etc.
1st Appearance: Mid-‘90s
Endorsement: “All jeweled like Liberace/ You watch me while Jakes tryin’ to knock me and lock me/ But I'll be on the low sippin Asti Spumante”—Prodigy “Eye for an Eye”



Initially ardent supporters of the Cuban Revolutionaries, the Barcardis stopped once Fidel Castro and company became communists.
Spokesmen: 50 Cent, Cassidy, Dem Franchize Boyz, Big Pun, etc.
1st Appearance: Late ‘90s
Endorsement: "Go, shawty, it's your birthday / We gon' party like it's yo birthday / We gon' sip Bacardi like it's your birthday / And you know we don't give a fuck/ It's not your birthday—50 Cent “In Da Club”

Moet & Chandon


Moet & Chandon is one of the world’s largest producers of champagne.
Spokesmen: Foxy Brown, Big Daddy Kane, Jay-Z, Lloyd Banks, Prodigy, etc.
1st Appearance: Late ‘90s
Endorsement: “I'm rap's LeBron, Teflon Don/ Baguettes on arm, the next Sean John/ By any means I protect my charm/ Blade'll bubble you up, like Moet & Chandon”—Lloyd Banks “If You So Gangsta”



The champagne lost its popularity among rappers, when the company’s managing director, Frederic Rouzaud, told The Economist: “We can't forbid people from buying it. I'm sure Dom Pérignon or Krug would be delighted to have [rappers’] business.”
Spokesmen: Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G. Lil’ Kim, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Diddy, etc.
1st Appearance: 1997
Endorsement: "You can't roll a blunt to this one / You gotta, you gotta well, ya gotta light a J, You gotta puff a J on this one / You can't even drink Crist-OWL on this one / You gotta drink Crist-All”—Jay-Z “Excuse Me Miss”

Grey Goose


In 2004, this vodka was sold to Bacardi for over $2 billion.
Spokesmen: Nas, Ying Yang Twins, Young Jeezy, Maino, etc.
1st Appearance: Early 2000s
Endorsement: “But I ain't 5-O, y'all know it's Nas yo/ Grey Goose and a whole lotta hydro”—Nas “Made You Look”



Mexican made Tequila; consumed by American-born rappers.
Spokesmen: T.I., Jay-Z, Lil Jon, B.o.B., Ludacris, Yung Joc, Paul Wall, Game, etc.
1st Appearance: Early 2000s
Endorsement: Surrender to da woman, end up takin’ me home/ ‘Cause she started lookin’ better, every shot of Patron (Yep!)”— Ludacris “One More Drink”



The mixture of fruit juices, vodka and cognac was created by college dropout Raphael Yakoby.
Spokesmen: 50 Cent, Yukmouth, Chamillionaire, Timbaland, Cormega, etc.
1st Appearance: Early 2000s
Endorsement: “I can take ya overseas in the villas that look exotic/ You would think it's open bar how the water look like Hpnotiq”— Chamillionaire “Nothing But Lies”

Incredible Hulk


The drink (a mixture Hennessy and Hpnotiq) was created by a bartender at Diddy’s NYC restaurant Justin’s.
Spokesmen: Lil’ Wyte, Master P, etc.
1st Appearance: Early 2000s
Endorsement: “I'm a thug nigga, I lean when I walk/ My favorite drink is that Incredible Hulk (Uuuughhhh!)”—Master P “Who Them Boyz”




Extreme consumption of this drink could lead to weight gain, tooth decay and, even, death.
Spokesmen: UGK, Lil Wayne, Diplomats, Three 6 Mafia, DJ Screw, T.I.
1st Appearance: Early 2000s
Endorsement: “Hydroco-done, on the hands-free phone/ The '84 Brougham, on them blades, 20-inch chrome/ If you got 16, you can get a biz-zerd/ I'm choking on that doja sweet and sipping on that sizz-urp”—Pimp C “Sippin on Some Sizzurp”



The vodka is sold in over 100 countries.
Spokesmen: Kanye West, Jay-Z, Tone Loc, Foxy Brown, Method Man, etc.
1st Appearance: Early 2000s
Endorsement: “I've learned when you drink Absolut straight it burns/ Enough to give my chest hairs a perm”—Method Man “Bring the Pain”



This vodka gets its name from Belvedere, the Polish presidential palace.
Spokesmen: Young Jeezy, Kidz in the Hall, etc.
1st Appearance: Late 2000s
Endorsement: “You see me standing here, like a chandelier/ Gangsta of the year, sippin’ Belvedere”—Young Jeezy “Vacation”



This brand of cognac is rumored to have been Napoleon Bonaparte’s drink of choice.
Spokesmen: Busta Rhymes, Diddy, AZ, Pharrell, etc.
1st Appearance: 2001
Endorsement: “We gon' tell that nigga (Pass the Courvoisier)/ We gon' tell that brotha (Pass the Courvoisier)/ Everybody sing it now (Pass the Courvoisier) / Everybody sing it now (Pass the Courvoisier)”—Pharrell & Busta “Pass the Courvoisier Pt. II”



Manufactured in France, the grape-derived vodka has become hip-hop’s choice drink since Diddy signed on as their official pitchman.
Spokesmen: Diddy, Lil Wayne, Too Short, T-Pain, etc.
1st Appearance: 2008
Endorsement: “I don’t fuck with fake hoes, all I touch is J-Los/ all I drink is my shit Ciroc by the case load”—Diddy “Oh Let’s Do It”