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Hi Rihanna: Rappers Name-Drop Rihanna in Rhymes

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Royce Da 5' 9" had rap fans buzzing this week after spitting his "Hi Rihanna" line during the Shady 2.0 Cypher as part of the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards. The line turned into a trending topic on Twitter and even triggered a response from Rihanna herself, as the Barbadian beauty said hi back to Royce. But Royce is far from the only rapper to name-drop Rihanna in his rhymes. MCs such as Rick Ross, Drake, Jay-Z and Jadakiss have all shouted out RiRi before. Drake and Rick Ross even mentioned her three times on the same song. And who can blame them? The gal is hot. Here are their odes to Rihanna.—XXL Staff

Kardinal Offishall

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"Curves like Melissa, tough like Michelle (OBAMA!!!)/All day the queen like Mary J./Good like Keyshia, young like RiRi"— Kardinal Offishall ft. Akon & Sean Paul "Dangerous (Remix)" (2008)

Rick Ross

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"S65 I call it Rihanna/It got a red top but it’s white like Madonna." —Rick Ross ft. Drake on "Made Men" Ashes to Ashes Mixtape (2010)

Drake

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"One of my baddest women ever, I call her Rihanna...but thats cause her name is Rihanna!." —Drake on Rick Ross' "Made Men" Ashes to Ashes Mixtape (2010)

Jadakiss

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"Treat the track like Rihanna and Chris Brown it." —Jadakiss ft. Nas & Sheek Louch on "Soldier Survivor" The Champ Is Here 3 (2010)

Nick Minaj

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"So tell Harpo to hit, Celie/Anyway Ri-Ri what rhymes with your name, freely?" - Nicki Minaj on Rihanna's "Raining Men" Loud (2010)

Jay-Z

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"Bey Bey my Yoko Ono, RiRi complete the family/Imagine how that's gon look front row at the Grammys." —Jay-Z & Kanye West' "Illest Motherfucker Alive" Watch the Throne (2011)