XXL Presents 20 Cinema Swagger Jacks


When it comes to swagger jacking, rappers aren’t limited to strictly borrowing lines from other MCs. Some of the best inspiration comes right off the silver screen. From Scarface to Anchorman, the game’s biggest spitters have been lifting dialogue from movies since day one. With the 84th Annual Academy Awards scheduled to air this Sunday (February 26), XXL collects 20 of the best film-inspired raps. Pass the popcorn.—Jesse Gissen (@JesseXXL)


Borrower: "Don't you ever, no matter the weather, evaevaevaevaeva come around here no mo"—Jay-Z "Friend or Foe," Reasonable Doubt (1996)

Lender: "Don't you evaevaavaevaevaeva come by here, OK?—Smokey, Friday (1995)


Borrower: "Fuck the dumb shit - and get my Tec-9/And if they approach us/A-ight, a-ight - I bury those cockroaches"—Ice Cube “When Will They Shoot” The Predator (1992)

Lender: “I bury those cockroaches,” Tony Montana, Scarface (1983)


Borrower: "Y'all fell into the booby trap/I set the trap just to see dude react, and now yous can't leave”—Jay-Z “Blueprint 2,” The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse (2002)

Lender: “Now yous can’t leave,” Sonny, A Bronx Tale (1993)


Borrower: “"Everybody wanna be the king then shots ring/You laying on your balcony with holes in your dream/Or you Malcolm X'd out, get distracted by screams/Everybody get your hand off my jeans”— Jay-Z “Most Kingz,” Invasion Radio 2K10 (2010)

Lender: “Get your hand outta my pocket”—unidentified man, Malcolm X (1992)


Borrower: "She puts the lotion in the bucket/it puts the lotion on the skin/Or else it gets the hose again."—Eminem “3 a.m.,” Relapse (2009)

Lender: "It rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again." Buffalo Bill, The Silence of the Lambs (1991)


Borrower: "The world is yours and everything in it/It's out there, get on your grind and get it"—Young Jeezy "Let's Get It/Sky's The Limit" Thug Motivation 101 (2005)

Lender: “The world is yours chico and everything in it.”—Tony Montana, Scarface (1983)


Borrower: “We eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast’/Huh? Y'all eat pieces of shit? What's the basis?”—Kanye West “Jesus Walks,” The College Dropout (2004)

Lender: “You're in big trouble though, pal. I eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast!” [laughing]
You eat pieces of shit for breakfast? —Shooter McGavin and Happy Gilmore respectively, Happy Gilmore (1996)


Borrower: "Your shit is garbage, what you trying to kick knowledge." Jay-Z "Takeover," The Blueprint (2001)

Lender: “You trying to kick some knowledge muthafucka,” O-Dog, Menace to Society (1993)


Borrower: “Pardon me I must say, I’m kinda like a big deal”—Pusha T, “Kinda Like A Big Deal,” Til The Casket Drops (2010)

Lender: “I don't know how to put this but I'm kind of a big deal,” Ron Burgundy, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)


Borrower: "I don't care what other haters do/But if you think I'm loved for saving you/Say goodnight to the bad guy." Fabolous "The Bad Guy," Ghetto Fabolous (2001)

Lender: So say goodnight to the bad guy! Come on. The last time you gonna see a bad guy like this again, let me tell you.”—Tony Montana, Scarface (1983)


strong> Borrower: “She ordered Kobe beef like Shaquille O’Neal/Second I stepped in, the whole room gets still/I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal.” Kanye West on Ghostface Killah’s “Back Like That (Remix),” More Fish (2006)

Lender: “I don't know how to put this but I'm kind of a big deal,” Ron Burgondy, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgondy (2004)


Borrower: “He got that ambition, baby look in his eyes / This week he’s moppin’ floors, next week it’s the fries”—Kanye West “Gold Digger,” Late Registration (2007)

Lender: “Hey, I started out mopping the floor just like you guys. But now... now I'm washing lettuce. Soon I'll be on fries; then the grill. And pretty soon, I'll make assistant manager, and that's when the big bucks start rolling in.”—Maurice, Coming to America (1988)


Borrower: "Ain't nobody dumpin' on Hov/You ain’t in sanitation or sanitarium.”—Jay-Z “Pump It Up (Freestyle)” Fade to Black Mixtape (2004)

Lender: “I told you to tell them you was in a sanitarium not sanitation.”—Tony Montana, Scarface (1983)


Borrower: “No one man should have all that power”— Kanye West “Power,” My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)

Lender: “That’s too much power for one man to have”—police officer, Malcolm X (1992)


Borrower: “Dark Knight feeling, die and be a hero/Or live long enough to see yourself become a villain”—Jay-Z on Kanye West’s “So Appalled,” My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)

Lender: “You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”—Batman, The Dark Knight (2008)


Borrower: “I'm an exceptional professional that just don't stop/So pack up your bag and your mic and don't wait/E.T. phone home now get the fuck out my face”—Ad-Rock on the Beastie Boys’ “3 The Hard Way,” To The Five Boroughs (2004)

Lender: “E.T. Phone Home”—E.T., E.T. (1982)


Borrower: “Tearin’ thru the city/snatching bitches top of the building/King Kong ain’t got shit on me”—Curren$y “King Kong” Pilot Talk (2010)

Lender: King Kong ain’t got shit on me”— Alonzo, Training Day (2001)


Borrower: “I'll prolly fuck another naked girl/Party time, excellent, Wayne's World” Lil Wayne on Birdman’s “Y.U.Mad” (2011)

Lender: “Wayne’s World, party time, excellent,” Wayne, Wayne’s World (1992)


Borrower: “Allow me to retort/ You cowards is just now learning the shit that we taught —Jay-Z “The Watcher 2,” The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse (2002)

Lender: “Well allow me to retort”— Jules, Pulp Fiction(1994)


Borrower: “Forrest Gump mama said, life is like a box of chocolates/My mama told me go to school, get your doctorate”—Kanye West “Hey Momma” Late Registration (2005)

Lender: “My momma always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates.’”—Forrest Gump, Forrest Gump (1994)