Tiger Woods may have broken the playa code when he left his name on a voicemail recording in a panic, but rappers have been putting Tiger's name on record ever since he burst onto the scene. Whether calling him out for inventing his own race, addressing his unprecedented domination on the golf course or, more recently, touting their own sexual prowess, you can find Tiger's name in more rappers' mouths than weed smoke.

The strangest part of hip hop's devotion to Woods though, might be that he doesn't strike us as the type to listen to rap. But that hasn't stopped rappers from inserting themselves into the conversation, rejoicing in Tiger's victories while enthusiastically criticizing his missteps. Check out over 20 of Hip-Hop's Most Memorable Tiger Woods Shout-Outs...

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LISTEN: Shawty Lo f/ Lil Wayne "WTF" (2010)

LYRIC: "I don't play golf, let's get this understood/I ain't prejudice, got more white than Tiger Woods."
GOLF SCORE: BIRDIE. Someone comparing the way they flip birds to the way Tiger flipped birds was long overdue by the time Mr. "Got Em For The L-O" cashed in for his comeback single.

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LISTEN: Cam'ron "Halftime Show" (2003)

LYRIC: "I be with Don King, if you a fighter, good/Fuck Tiger Woods, it's tigers in the hood."
GOLF SCORE: EAGLE. You can be sure Cam never cared enough about Tiger Woods to even mean it as a jab, but he gets wild points for a clever nod to this news story of the time.

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LISTEN: Swizz Beatz "That Oprah" (2008)

LYRIC: "Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, I'm tryna get that Oprah."
GOLF SCORE: PAR. We'll give the devil his due and acknowledge that Swizzy did jump out the window in rapping over a pretty serious Coldplay chop, but to be fair, that's only if you consider what Swizz Beatz does, rapping.

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LISTEN: Ras Kass "Soul On Ice (Remix)" (1996)

LYRIC: "Tiger Woods ain't even up to par in the game of survival/That's why I'm pissin' in your Cristal bottle."
GOLF SCORE: BIRDIE. We're not sure what's up with the Howard Hughes-style urination, but Ras Kass deserves props for being the first rapper to make a Tiger reference, only months after he went pro.

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LISTEN: Lil Wayne "Swag Surfin' (freestyle)" (2009)

LYRIC: "Walk around like I'm 30 feet tall/Tiger Woods, all these hoes tryna birdie these balls."
GOLF SCORE: EAGLE. Wayne succeeds because Tiger's name kind of just falls out of his mouth like hundred dollar bill while he's emptying his pockets of a bunch of candy he just shoplifted from the gas station.

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LISTEN: Jay-Z "Who You Wit II" (1997)

LYRIC: "Jay-Z rated A-G baby, that's all good/I sink this ball in your hole, I'm Tiger Woods!"
GOLF SCORE: BIRDIE. We're not going to say that hip hop didn't care about golf until Jay-Z put it in a rhyme because really, hip hop still doesn't care about golf. What hip hop does care about, though, are Nike commercials.

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LISTEN: Ludacris on DJ Felli Fel's "Get Buck In Here" (2007)

LYRIC: "I stroke so good like Tiger Woods/Then I...raowwwr like a tiger would."
GOLF SCORE: BOGEY. Luda isn't the first rapper to openly acknowledge deviant sexual behavior, but hearing him talk about what goes on with furries behind closed cellar doors is not what we want to hear when we're two-stepping in the club.

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LISTEN: Maino "Tiger Woods (Get Em Tiger)" (2009)

LYRIC: "I got women in the 'burbs, women in the the hood/Yeah my wifey mad 'cause she know I'm no good/Man I'm just a dog, I'd be faithful if I could/But, I'm Tiger Woods, yeah, I'm Tiger Woods."
GOLF SCORE: BIRDIE. On the heels of the never-ending revelations about Tiger's stable of mistresses, the BK rapper was the first to flip the scandal into a decent (if predictable) ode to infidelity. He probably hasn't fucked as many Playmates as Tiger, but landing Mya and Lil' Kim has gotta count for something.

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LISTEN: Trey Songz "Invented Sex (Remix)" (2009)

LYRIC: "Goin in, grabbing your butt (Yup)/Goin in like a Tiger Woods put (Nigga what?!)"
GOLF SCORE: BOGEY. Uh, technically this line isn't altogether inaccurate, but Songz's adlib took the words right out of our mouth.

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LISTEN: Fabolous "I Usually Don't" (2009)

LYRIC: "And I'm white and yellow studded down/Watching pretty girls strut it round/take the birdies and put it down/Like Tiger Woods did it, but I'm hood wit it/You never seen a thug look this good wit it."
GOLF SCORE: BIRDIE. If there's one thing Fab knows, other than how to save all his best music for mixtapes, it's birdies. We're fine with adding to the collection.

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LISTEN: Common on Kanye West's "Get Em High" (2004)

LYRIC: "Rock clubs like Tiger, Woods in the hood/To have my own reality show, called Soul Survivor."
GOLF SCORE: PAR. You picked us up "rocking clubs like Tiger," and then dropped us right back down with a "reality show called Soul Survivor." Thanks for nothing.

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LISTEN: Nas "What Goes Around" (2001)

LYRIC: "Lightskin women, bi-racial hateful toward themselves/Denying even they blood/I don't judge Tiger Woods but I overstand the mental poison/That's even worser than drugs."
GOLF SCORE: BOGEY. We could've appreciated Nas tipping his derby at Tiger's extremely discomforting and extremely public racial identity crisis, that is, if his compassion wasn't out and out bogus. As we're to find out, this isn't the last of what Nasty Nas had to say about Tiger and you can trust us (or just keep reading) when we say that rest of it was none too affectionate.

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LISTEN: Ice Cube "Hood Mentality" (2008)

LYRIC: "I wanna be like Tiger Woods, swing that club, make you sick/(I wanna be like Pacman Jones), (I wanna be like Michael Vick)/I wanna be like Barry Bonds, (I wanna be like O.J. Simpson)/Leave this field, leave this prison, tell you motherfuckers where to kiss 'em."
GOLF SCORE: PAR. We're not sure when golf was ever really considered a viable way out the hood or why Ice Cube groups Tiger with a handful of publicly hung derelicts some years pre-scandal, but Cube is still our OG so we can look at the ground and pretend to be cool with it like when our dad used to claim hook shots were worth four when we played him one on one in basketball.

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LISTEN: Nelly "Warrior" (2008)

LYRIC: "I just wanted to sell a mil, whoever thought I'd do thirty/Hey, well maybe I did, but never this early/Every time they doubted me, like Tiger Woods/But I kept comin' back, like Tiger would."
GOLF SCORE: TAKE A MULLIGAN HOMIE. "Doubted you like Tiger Woods?" You do mean Tiger Woods the most dominant athlete in the history of sport who everyone more or less expects to win every tournament he enters. That Tiger Woods?

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LISTEN: Common "Hungry" (1997)

LYRIC: "Flow at room temperature, cats is presumed miniature/Like golf, soft like Tiger Woods/At real nigga angles I've stood."
GOLF SCORE: BIRDIE. Annie Leibovitz can vouch that Tiger is half-way diesel, but when Common rapped this, it was when we would have assumed he could still whoop some ass. He had an album called Can I Borrow A Dollar? and used to stay rocking a lazy ass bucket. Poor people are usually really good at fighting.

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LISTEN: Talib Kweli on Reflection Eternal's "This Means You" (2000)

LYRIC: "My facts more than make up for what you lack in imagination/You more confused than Tiger Woods when he made up Cablinasian/I'm sayin"
GOLF SCORE: BOGEY. Slowwww dowwwwwn.

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LISTEN:Ludacris "My Chick Bad" (2010)

LYRIC:"Now your girl might be sick, but my girl sicker/She rides that dick and she handles her liquor/Knock a bitch out/Annnd fight!/Coming out swinging like Tiger Woods wife."
GOLF SCORE: PAR. It's kind of noble that Luda is doing his part to help Tiger repair his marriage. You know, in trying to veil what may or may not have been an attempt on Tiger's life with a salute to a ride or die chick. Brothers gotta stick together, right? The question is, does Tiger recognize brotherhood outside of his Cablinasian roots?

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LISTEN: Trife Da God "Grew Up Hard" (2006)

LYRIC: "He coulda been the next Jordan, who knows, the next Emmitt/Young Tiger Woods or the new Aurthur Ashe in tennis."
GOLF SCORE: PAR. By this point rapping about Tiger as a benchmark of greatness was commendable, if not predictable but it's good to know that you can grow up in Staten Island and idolize someone other than Rod Strickland. Wu-Tang is for the children.

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LISTEN: Nas "These Are Our Heroes" (2004)

LYRIC: "Yeah, I wanna give a special shoutout to the, y'know, the crew doin' they thing out there reppin' us hard. Big up to Tiger Woods. Yeah, ya don't stop. Big up to Cuba Gooding Jr. Y'know, yeah, y'know. Tay Diggs what up my nigga. Yeah, ha-ha. And you don't quit, and you don't quit."
GOLF SCORE BOGEY. Really, it makes perfect sense that "God's Son," while releasing an album called Streets Disciple would use his platform to shit on Tiger and the others for what we can only presume is having white wives. Well, what if God was one us? At least now we can eliminate one of us.

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LISTEN: Mos Def "Body Rock" (1999)

LYRIC: "Relax and pull a seat up, make your landlord turn the heat up/Got the opposition shook like Tiger Woods about to tee up."
GOLF SCORE: PAR. When it comes to referencing Tiger, Mos fared much better than his partner Kweli with this simple-yet-effective jab that plays up Tiger's intimidating side—ask Annie Leibovitz if you don't think he has one!

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LISTEN: Chris Rock f/ Kool Rock Ski "No Sex In The Champagne Room" (1999)
LYRIC: "I drink champagne in the hood/I drink champagne with Tiger Woods (With Tiger Woods)/Huh!
(Tiger Woods y'all, Tiger Woods y'all, it's all good y'all, Tiger Woods y'all/It's all good y'all, Tiger Woods y'all, it's all good y'all."
GOLF SCORE: ALBATROSS. At the time it was alllll good.

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