It's almost like the drug game is a trade school for aspiring rappers. The majority of popular hip-hop artists purport to have sold narcotics at some point in their lives, and most of them still rap about their past dealings, even long after they've closed up shop.

Hustling is a mentality that's been present in the genre since its inception, and the attitude it inspires has further permeated the culture thanks in part to the tendency for MCs to blur the lines between reality and fiction. It's savvy business, and rap's obsession with drug distribution has likely resulted in more excellent music than grams moved. Case in point: The 25 Best Songs About Selling Drugs.

They're all gripping, engaging manifestos that offer a brief glimpse into the life of a disenfranchised young man navigating the underworld. Some of these records border on fantasy, some are alarmingly real, but they all sound great. Pull out the triple-beam scale, for old time's sake, and listen up.

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