Top Ten Pro Wrestling References in Rap

The only thing that’s ever rivaled my love for beats and rhymes is the in-ring artistry of wrestling warriors like The Showstopper, Shawn Michaels, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, and the one and only “Macho Man” Randy Savage. And just as Kanye and Kendrick weave art with a mic in their hands, wrestlers act out theatrical athletic performances on the stage of the WWE ring in front of millions of enthralled fans

The art of professional wrestling holds such a deep connection with the art and culture of Hip-Hop that it’s a shame it’s gone so undocumented during a time when both have seen unprecedented popularity. Both art forms feature over-the-top personas, dramatic beefs, and catchphrases and one-liners that sweep the nation. Wrestlers and rappers are America’s modern-day gladiators

It’s a connection that hasn’t been lost on rappers, who often drop pro wrestling references that only the most intense wrestling fanatics would catch. This is why I want to start the conversation here on Rap Genius with my list of the Top Ten Pro Wrestling References in Rap

10. Joe Budden — Roll Call

Now it’s ridiculous, all this shit’s frivolous
Niggas ain’t Macho Man, they Miss Elisabeth

In a call to arms to the rap game in 2007, the leader of Slaughterhouse dealt this gem out to vent frustrations of how things have changed over the years. Using the late, great Randy Savage and his wife and one-time valet, Miss Elisabeth to compare the old with the new was a pretty slick move as the Macho Man was known for his rough, yet elegant style in the ring. Not only that, but he looked like what he portrayed — someone you wouldn’t want to get in a fight with. And Miss Elisabeth was … well … his wife. You can draw your conclusions of how Joe was feeling from that

9. Lil Wayne — Stunt Hard

I been pimpin' since Hulk Hogan was nWo
Yeah, I’m wild, Drizzy tough, and the Kid vicious
The three horsemen, we just need Sid Vicious

Despite Wayne’s questionable decisions on the mic as of late, he still gives us a good line here and there. And it just so happens this one’s alongside fellow Young Money member Drake and Kidd-Kidd (aka Nut Da Kid). He compares his crew to the legendary wrestling faction, The Four Horsemen, which consisted of the 16-time World Champion Ric Flair, Barry Windham, and Ole Anderson during their 1990 — 1991 run in the south’s World Championship Wrestling. Not bad company to compare yourself to. Now all they need is a Sid Vicious, who was added to the actual Four Horsemen to fill the final spot in the group

Gudda Gudda, maybe?

Another note of interest is that since Hulk Hogan joined nWo in 1996, Lil Wayne has apparently been pimping since the age of 14…

8. Curren$y — I Don’t Fucks With'em

Flippin on whoever Guerrera Juventud WCW rappers
This shit trill and y'all playin'
But that’s expected from children, what am I sayin'?

“Juvi” Juventud Guerrera was a Cruiserweight star of the WCW in the mid-to-late nineties who was acclaimed for his athleticism and Luchador style. Luchador involves a lot of flipping maneuvers, hence the beginning of this line. Juventud was known for his braggadicio (he called himself “The Rock of Mexico”) and disdain for other wrestlers, and Curren$y is channeling that swag and disdain into the rap world. An understated line from an understated MC

7. Rick Ross — I Am Your Leader

Monday Night with the RAW, I’m Vince McMahon with a beat
Power-slamming them hammers, I get you handle for free

Ricky Rozay not only looks like he could easily be mistaken for a black, bald Yokozuna, but he knows a little something about modern wrestling. Vince McMahon is of course the owner of World Wrestling Entertainment — the biggest wrestling promotion over the last decade — whose flagship show is Monday Night Raw (which just celebrated it’s 20th anniversary, for all you trivia nuts). When he gets on any track, he owns the beat. As for “power-slamming hammers”, let’s just say he doesn’t need to hire any gunmen to get rid of you

Hughh!

6. Flatbush Zombies — MRAZ

I am like Randy Savage on acid
That’s very vibrant and classic

Meechy Darko of the Flatbush crew gives us this one, showing love to the ever-classic, 6-time World Champion, “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Of course Randy didn’t even need any acid to be “vibrant” — he’s still one of the most colorful personalities wrestling’s ever seen. With his sequined headbands, bedazzled robes, and signature sunglasses that could pass for stunner-shades today, this line pretty much describes him and professional wrestling of the 80’s in a nutshell — one long acid trip. They didn’t call it the “Golden Era” for nothing

5. Asher Roth — Be By Myself

The cycle is Shawn Michaels, heartbreak

Namedropping the G.O.A.T. of anything is always a win. Just so happens that in this ballad to staying single, Asher is namedropping the greatest in-ring performer ever known. This lyric centers around Michael’s early gimmick during his first solo run in the WWE (at the time, WWF) of a womanizing degenerate — essentially who every man wanted to be in the 90’s (for you old-tops who still have your Degeneration X tee tucked away in your closets). Shawn’s nickname in fact was The Heartbreak Kid, or “HBK.” Asher’s letting any lady with a relationship on the mind know that he’s not one for settling down. Guess you could call him “The Heartbreak Kid of Rap,” huh?

4. Aaron Omar — Flyyy

CM Punk flow, this fuckin' mic is a pipebomb
Hulk Hogan’s 24 inch pythons
Ain’t thick as this fuckin Dilla Dawg bass-line

Ok, we’re all probably familiar with who Hulk Hogan is and what his 24 inch pythons are (at least I hope no one has any other ideas), so let’s focus on the other guy mentioned; CM Punk—the self proclaimed “Best in the World”. If there’s a picture in the dictionary for the word “self-promotion”, it would be of a rapper with this guy next to him. That’s the name of both games these days—talk yourself up and other’s might start believing you.

“Pipebomb” is a term coined by the former WWE Champion to describe the mic when he’s on it and about to spit the truth, and you know Omar is here to do the same. Shouts out to J.Dilla too

As an extra treat, here’s an example of one of Punk’s most infamous pipebombs

3. Sir Michael Rocks — Banco Populair

I served'em up while I Bill Goldberged the blunt

Serving anyone isn’t as easy as it looks, and neither is lifting 200+ pound men over your head. That’s why Sir Populair does his thing while “Goldberging,” i.e “twisting” his blunt, a play on WCW legend and former Atlanta Falcon Bill Goldberg’s entrance theme “Twisted.” Definitely one of the more purely clever lines I discovered. Banco’s earned another fan here

2. Wale — Jump (Freestyle)

I would Gasol you niggas, but I’m in no position
I Undertaker kill it, Hulk Hogan rip it

“Pure gold” as any one in the know would say. Wale killed this entire song, but the icing on the cake was this line that spans from a 7-foot NBA Spaniard to a handle-bar moustached, red-and-yellow wearing, leg-dropping, sports-entertainment powerhouse. Wale lets us know what he’s all about by claiming the death-dealing skills of the Undertaker and the penchant for aggressively removing his t-shirts of Hogan

As nice as a Wrestlemania main event, my friends

1. Pusha T — I Don’t Like

(Woo!) That’s rare nigga, (Woo!) Ric Flair nigga
(Woo!) The power’s in my hair nigga!

For a discussion of this legendary line, let’s take a look at Pusha T’s own Verified Explanation on Rap Genius:

http://embed.vidyard.com/share/3Ejkq86KTgq4n1kdrupB7w

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