33 Hip-Hop Songs That Name Drop Jimmy Iovine

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  • dr dre jimmy iovine
    Yesterday, Beats Electronics' $3 billion sale to Apple was <a title="confirmed" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/05/dr-dre-jimmy-iovine-beats-electronics-apple-sale-confirmed/" target="_blank">confirmed after weeks of speculation</a>—and maybe a little <a title="celebration" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/05/dr-dre-beats-sale-to-apple/" target="_blank">premature celebration</a>—making Dr. Dre <a title="wealthiest" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/05/dr-dre-hip-hops-richest-man/" target="_blank">hip-hop's wealthiest artist</a>, if not quite a <a title="billionaire" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/05/63-rap-songs-billions-dr-dre/" target="_blank">billionaire</a>. But another part of the deal which came to light yesterday was that Dre and his Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine—himself the co-founder of Interscope Records 25 years ago and until yesterday the chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&amp;M for more than a decade—would take executive positions at Apple. That means Iovine, the producer-turned-label chief who <a title="billboard" href="http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/record-labels/6099404/john-janick-jimmy-iovine-interscope-geffen-am" target="_blank">Billboard called</a> the most successful major label industry head of the past quarter century, was to <a title="leave" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/05/jimmy-iovine-leaves-interscope-records-25-years/" target="_blank">leave the label</a> which became the longtime home to artists like Eminem, 50 Cent, Dre and Kendrick Lamar.<br /><br />With such an extensive history in the music industry—especially in the hip-hop world, with affiliations with Death Row, Aftermath, Bad Boy, TDE, Shady Records, G-Unit, Star Trak and more—it's no surprise that Iovine is probably the most-referenced executive in hip-hop. As he leaves Interscope for the green pastures of the tech world, <i>XXL</i> has pulled together 33 hip-hop songs that name check the former Interscope chief. —<a title="danrys" href="https://twitter.com/danrys" target="_blank"><i>Dan Rys</i></a>
  • game
    <h2>"I'm A Soldier"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Game<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"Before Jimmy Iovine the kid was in IV's/These bitch niggas tried to take my life for five G's/I was in the projects, two o'clock in the mornin'/Playin' Madden, niggas kicked in the door and start blastin'"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/36fnzdmEdk0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • 50 Cent
    <h2>"Smile (I'm Leaving)"</h2><b>Artist: </b>50 Cent<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"Smile nigga my next album might be my last/Got what I came to get, the stacks and the stash/I told Jimmy Iovine ass to shut the fuck up/Got Dre callin' Shady sayin' Em what's up?/We done came this far, we can't stop now"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/D2ClmRH_ae0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Busta Rhymes
    <h2>"We Made It"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Busta Rhymes featuring Linkin Park<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"From nights in jail on a bench, usin' my muscles, son/To countin' money like Dre and Jimmy and Russell was/But now I live when I dream, you see we finally did it/Let's make a toast to the hustle regardless how you get it"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YYxzRYMrcVc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Chamillionaire
    <h2>"I Run It"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Chamillionaire<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"Step in the label and I tell 'em give me my green/Then I send in Famous and make 'em give to my team/I got that money and power kinda like Jimmy Iovine/A little more money than power so they call me Jimmy High Cream/Or maybe Jimmy Hakeem"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Cpd_oXWFxDU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • game
    <h2>"25 To Life"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Game<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"We was the hardest niggas in the penitentiary/Got a little bigger since Jimmy Iovine sentenced me/Sat back in my cell and wrote <em>The Documentary</em>/I ain't make no friends in jail, just enemies"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/P5aY1-gqfjM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • chief keef
    <h2>"Savage"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Chief Keef<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"We put that Jimmy Iovine money in the trap/Shout out to Young Scooter, man he taught me that"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0uVImIXlMdQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • chino xl
    <h2>"Lick Shots"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Immortal Technique featuring Crooked I and Chino XL<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"My temper 'bout to break like levees in New Orleans/Catch Jimmy Iovine when he refinance his mortgages" —Chino XL<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qeze78iUxac" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • eminem dr dre
    <h2>"Gatman And Robbin"</h2><b>Artist: </b>50 Cent featuring Eminem<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"Just quit fucking with me and I'll gladly quit fucking with you/Just spit your sixteen and do what you gotta do to get through/Without mentioning me, or the machine of Jimmy Iovine or Dre or 50/Or D-Twizzie, Obie and just let it be" —Eminem<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/30Qrzfg3FJs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • 50 cent
    <h2>"Straight To The Bank"</h2><b>Artist: </b>50 Cent<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"When I made 50 mil, Em got paid/When I made 60 mil, Dre got paid/When I made 80 mil, Jimmy got paid/I ain't even gotta rap now, life is made"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZTEfInwgxVs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • game young buck
    <h2>"Shake"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Game<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"I’m surprised that Lloyd Banks and Yayo didn’t shake/Wasn’t selling no records Jimmy Iovine said shake"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-t6RcYKnYBA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • azealia-banks
    <h2>"Salute"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Azealia Banks<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"Eating with Jimmy Iovine/Lunch with her/She’s a get-money bunny/Jump with her"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dBlJ4YeqIis" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • chief keef
    <h2>"Kobe"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Chief Keef<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"Since I signed with Jimmy Iovine I swear I think that I'm Kobe/You boys won't be like me and I think that you owe me"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ossSWj17Jnk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • wale
    <h2>"Self Made"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Wale featuring Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Pill and Teedra Moses<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"I left Jimmy, they was spending silly with my budget/And now I'm rolling with some cooler niggas I can fuck with"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RaJygCTHC3Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • 50 cent
    <h2>"Flight 187"</h2><b>Artist: </b>50 Cent<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"Man, Dre won't mix my records, now I need to talk to Jimmy/I'm falling back in my old ways, I'm riding with the semi"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3wle7aaKAF0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • game
    <h2>"Just So You Know"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Game<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"<em>Jesus Piece</em> was a motherfucker/Gotta thank God like a motherfucker/Interscope ain't promote that ho/But Jimmy Iovine still my motherfucker"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ztiwocENOEA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • ja rule
    <h2>"Loose Change"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Ja Rule<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"And Murder Inc. will send they deepest condolences and sympathies/To Aftermath and Shady, Interscope and Jimmy Iovine"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1k29jsnV2TU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • jay-z
    <h2>"Trouble"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Jay Z<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"See what Doug, Jimmy & L.A. don't know/These youngins crossed the line with Hov, I'm lettin' it blow/Had the papers writing stories like, "Didn't they know?/This what happen when they made that rapper CEO""<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RqMt1fp9yFU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • eminem writing
    <h2>"Jimmy Crack Corn"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Eminem featuring 50 Cent<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"Jimmy can crack corn but I don't care/My enemies crack corn but I don't care/You can be black, white or albino, yeah/You can have cornrows inside your hair"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Y4h7ijR9gDo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Lupe Fiasco
    <h2>"Failure"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Lupe Fiasco<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"Please don't Interscope/It's gonna be a whole lot of Iovine and respirating/If I lean out this window with Irene"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JyLLmByA6Y0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • macklemore ryan lewis
    <h2>"Jimmy Iovine"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Ab-Soul<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"Carrying two cans of paint/Security looks at me awkward/I say third floor I'm late/Paintin' Jimmy Iovine's office"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9RwW6ERgpvo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • MGK
    <h2>"Home Soon"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Machine Gun Kelly<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"I just wasn’t fond of attention when all I had was resentment/I started out as a Freshman and graduated a henchman/I worked my way up to Jimmy/Worked my way up the totem/And those who hated on me was just adding weight to my scrotum"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BQDISBDtXGc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • game
    <h2>"No More Fun And Games"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Game<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"I mean I'll hook niggas up to them IV's/The same way Dre hooked me up to Iovine"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IPiLozkJgDs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • nicki minaj
    <h2>"Woohoo"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Christina Aguilera featuring Nicki Minaj<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"Left from Jamaica, go a foreign pan tour/Jimmy Iovine, Tom Whalley and Lyor/Keep me and Chrissy in Christian Dior" —Nicki Minaj<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BiEAy1LoOTk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • obie trice
    <h2>"Love Me"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Eminem featuring Obie Trice and 50 Cent<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"But in the meantime, it's Jimmy Iovine time/Chase cheese, rhyme 'til my voice give out/This is it my niggas, this what we boast about/Now I'm here, so shut your motherfuckin' mouth" —Obie Trice<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ekb-KL8SrBw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • pharoahe monch
    <h2>"The Hitman"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Pharoahe Monch<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"Some people say I'm extreme/Broadcast a beam live through a meme/Screaming as Jimmy Iovine, as corrupt as Don King"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Px7c33rDfFM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Rhymefest
    <h2>"Supersonic (Charles Hamilton Diss)"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Rhymefest<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"I don't know where his label's leading him/I don't know what Iovine is feedin' him/I don't even know what the fuck they see in him/Battle Rhymefest? What's the reasonin'?"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ltf9LWhxjns" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Game
    <h2>"The City"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Game featuring Kendrick Lamar<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"Either I'm crazy, or the black Slim Shady, or/Could that be the reason that Baby said he would pay me more?/But I still owe Jimmy one more album/The best the West has ever seen, no disrespect to Calvin"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TsMMuXZZUm8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • schoolboy q
    <h2>"SOPA"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Ab-Soul featuring ScHoolboy Q<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"Ever see an ex-student get a half a ticket??Think I'm lying? Just ask Jimmy, that check was mine as soon as we signed" —ScHoolboy Q<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TNpcN_iQszk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • smoke dza
    <h2>"Fish Tank"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Smoke DZA<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"You heard me/Don't make me put you niggas in a scope/No Iovine/Go 'head think this shit is a joke/Then try me"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XqK7WTD4Pgc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • talib kweli
    <h2>"Right About Now"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Talib Kweli<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"They tried to fool you by switchin' the name to Geffen/Now they Interscope's bitch and every artist who had a chance left 'em/Ain't no big surprise, wasn't no love there/Jimmy Iovine never signed me, I just kinda ended up there"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/R8pRya1o-iM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Trick Trick
    <h2>"Who Want It"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Trick Trick featuring Eminem<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"We don't give a fuck about nothing you used to do/Your record is equivalent to <em>High School Musical</em>/No blaming Jimmy Iovine, Paul or Dre/Blame me for everything I say"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BPCXMLar61M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Wale
    <h2>"Hey...Mr Carter"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Wale<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"You hungry now but ain't hungry as I/Devour humble pie though I signed to the I/Ovine"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2aWvUIxj5QU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Game
    <h2>"Runnin'"</h2><b>Artist: </b>Game featuring Tony Yayo and Dion<br /><b>Lyric: </b>"Make your chest move/Sylvia Rhone and Kevin Lyles slept cool/Jimmy Iovine was the best move"<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/m3nRN6RjgBM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Previously: Jimmy Iovine Leaves Interscope Records After 25 Years
Dr. Dre And Jimmy Iovine’s Beats Electronics To Apple Sale Is Confirmed
Apple Is Closing A Deal To Buy Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion Dollars
Dr. Dre, Eminem And Jimmy Iovine, “Three Kings” (Originally Published April/May 2014)
63 Hip-Hop Songs About Rappers Making Billions