Raponomics: Top Ten Foreign Currency References Of All Time

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With the S & P downgrade of U.S. Credit shaking investors' faith in the dollar, it’s time for a new financial approach. But instead of running to Charles Schwab or some other old white dude, you’d be better off listening to America’s rappers. Because in spite of their love of the almighty dollar, rappers have known for years that the best strategy is DIVERSIFY, DIVERSIFY, DIVERSIFY!

In the last day of trading, the dollar has been getting crushed by its main rivals the Yen and the Euro. But unlike Charles Schwab, rappers are already invested in these currencies!

10) Curren$y in “Address

Mr. Tokyo Drift
Spent Yen on a vet, lookin' for ya bitch fool

Not a shocker that a guy named Curren$y would be ahead of the curve on these things

9) Jay-Z in “Dead Presidents II

Long as the villain win
I spend Japan Yen, attend major events

Jay-Z doesn’t just have Dead American Presidents, he has Dead Japanese Prime Ministers

8) Clipse in “Keys Open Doors

Be spending Euros
And get fed grapes, fuck hoes in plurals

We bet even Charles Schwab doesn’t have this kind of European Vacation. He probably just takes a charming gondola ride with his wife of 35 years, thinking about the life they’ve built together

7) Kanye West in “Gone

Can’t believe it when I look up in the mirror
How we out in Europe, spending Euros

Hmm… these guys actually seem to do more spending of foreign currencies than saving, but if they’re spending it that means they have it (usually)

6) Jay-Z in “Mr. Carter

Guys just stare at my wardrobe
I see Euros, that’s right: plural

Something tells us Jay-Z was picking up Armani suits in Milan, not Wayne Rooney jerseys in London

And speaking of London, the British Pound is also making gains on the dollar

5) Kanye West in “Small Change (Who The Fuck Is 50 Cent) [50 Cent Diss]

Just touched down in London town
Bet they give me a Pound

Noticing a pattern? Kanye West and Jay-Z are heavily represented on this list. No wonder these currency-heavy artists just released an album called Watch the Throne

Yet to reach the upper echelons of this list, you have to think outside the box. The Yen, Euro, Pound — they’re all over the front page of the Wall Street Journal. But which rappers dug deeper into the financial section to find emerging market currencies?

4) J. Cole in “Blow Up

29.99 shit
Well damn, why ain’t you say so?
Take this check and ask God to multiply all my Pesos

While the Peso, like other emerging market currencies, is not doing well against the dollar, it does rhyme with a lot of words

3) Heems from Das Racist in Shut Up, Man

Some more money with my G's
Half a million in Rupees

500,000 Rupees from Heems' homeland of India is only $11,059, but it sounds baller!

2) Bubba Sparxxx in “Dat Look

Little Betty you misguided
Cause it’s Rubles, not noodles that gets me excited

Forget the fact that the Cold War is over, it’s still thug to want Russian Rubles over dollars

And the #1 Foreign Currency Reference of All Time is…

1) Prinz Pi in “Virus

Wie der Dollar den Euro den Pfund hält
Bis der Yuan alles umschmeißt, glaub ich dummdreist

That’s right, German rapper Prinz Pi takes the prize because according to the Rap Genius Lyrics Database™, he is the only rapper to ever drop a reference to the Chinese Yuan, which is dick-slapping the dollar despite Chinese efforts to keep it weak. In the future, when China is the world’s only Superpower and you and Charles Schwab are reduced to dumping your sewage in the streets, remember that Prinz Pi called it first. Take it away, English translation of Prinz Pi’s “Virus

“I’m dumbstruck as to how it went from the dollar
Prevailing over the pound and euro
To the Yuan trampling all before it