Jay-Z called one of his new songs "Tom Ford"—putting himself squarely on trend. Have you noticed how many rap songs over the past few years have had a famous person's name for a title? There are lots of examples, too many for one post. Action Bronson has a handfull himself. And Lil B, of course, basically made it a part of his whole schtick. He has MILLIONS of them! (Most probably never officially released.) Anway, here's a bunch (34, to be exact): 34 Rap Songs Named After Famous People.
EPMD "The Steve Martin" (1988)
Album: Strictly Business
Label: Priority Records
Subject's Bio: Steve Martin is an American comedian and actor. He's also an author, playwright, banjo player and balloon twister.
Company Flow "Linda Tripp" (1999)
Lil' Wayne "Georgia Bush" (2006)
Kanye West f/ Lil Wayne "Barry Bonds" (2007)
Label: Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam
Subject's Bio: Barry Bonds is a former baseball player and seven time MVP who holds the record for most homeruns in a single season (73). But all those things probably need an asterisk.
Raekwon "Ason Jones" (2008)
Album: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II
Label: Ice H20, EMI
Subject's Bio: Ason Jones is the given name of Raekwon's fellow Wu-Tang Clansman, Ol' Dirty Bastard-who died of a drug overdose on November 13, 2004.
Paper Route Gangstaz "Keyshia Cole" (2009)
Lil Wayne "Kobe Bryant" (2009)
Charles Hamilton "Budd Dwyer" (2009)
Lil' Wayne "Bill Gates" (2010)
Album: I Am Not A Human Being
Label: Young Money/Cash Money/Republic
Subject's Bio: The co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates is no longer the richest man in the world. (He was replaced in that role by Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim in 2010.)
Rick Ross "MC Hammer" (2010)
Album: Teflon Don
Label: Maybach Music Group/Slip-n-Slide/Def Jam
Subject's Bio: Stanley Kirk "MC Hammer" Burrell was named the 7th best dancer of all-time by BET in 2007.
RiFF RAFF "Marc Jacobs" (2010)
Album: Rookie of the Future
Label: Party McHardy/Gizzital Music
Subject's Bio: Fashion designer Marc Jacobs launched his eponymous clothing company in 1993. In 1997, he became the creative director of the 150-year-old French company Louis Vuitton.
Kendrick Lamar f/ Schoolboy Q "Michael Jordan" (2010)
Album: Overly Dedicated
Label: Top Dawg Entertainment
Subject's Bio: A six-time world champion, Michael Jordan is generally recognized as the greatest basketball player ever to have played in the NBA.
Asher Roth f/ Phil Ade, GLC, Thurz "Charlie Chaplin" (2011)
Album: Pabst & Jazz
Subject's Bio: Born in England in 1889, Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin was the greatest film star of the silent era. He died on Christmas in 1977.
Lil B "Justin Bieber" (2011)
Young Dro "Ric Flair" (2011)
Album: Polo Dro
Label: DephtoneBorn Richard Morgan Fliehr in 1949 (!) Ric "The Nature Boy" Flair rose to fame over a 40-year career (!) as a proessional wrestler.
Action Bronson "Larry Czonka" (2011)
Soulja Boy "Louis Vuitton" (2011)
Album: Skate Boy
Label: Howie McDuffle Music Group
Subject's Bio: Loius Vuitton was a French designer and business who started a fashion company named after himself in 1854. He died in 1892, but his company is currently valued at $25.9 billion.
Mac Miller "Donald Trump" (2011)
Album: Blue Slide Park
Label: Rostrum Records
Subject's Bio: Donald Trump is a disgusting pig of a person who turned a great deal of inherited money into a real-estate empire in the 1980s. He has crazy hair and wants to be president.
Denzil Porter "Kanye West" (2011)
Album: Home Made Music
Label: Xcince Music
Subject's Bio: Kanye West is the son-in-law of Kris Jenner.
Yung Berg f/ Marvo "Derrick Rose" (2011)
Waka Flocka Flame "Bill Russell" (2011)
Killer Mike "Ric Flair" (2011)
Riff RAFF "Deion Sanders" (2012)
Album: Birth of an Icon
Label: Mad Decent Records
Subject's Bio: Deion "Prime Time" Sanders is a NFL Hall-of-Fame cornerback who played for five teams during his fifteen-year career. He also played professional baseball.
King Louie "Val Venis" (2012)
Label: Lawless Ent.
Subject's Bio: Val Venis is the stage name of Sean Allen Moreley, a Canadian professional wrestler know for his signature move: a reverse figure-four leglock he dubbed "The Venis Flytrap."
Chief Keef "Kobe" (2012)
Album: Finally Rich
Label: Glory Boyz Entertainment/Interscope
Subject's Bio: Kobe Bryant is a five time NBA champion and the starting shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. He tweets a lot.
DJ Young Legend "Amber Rose" (2012)
A$AP Ferg f/ A$AP Rocky "Shabba" (2013)
King Louie "Michael Jordan" (2013)
French Montana "Ocho Cinco" (2013)
Album: Excuse My French (Deluxe)
Label: Bad Boy/Interscope Records
Subject's Bio: In 2008, all-pro wide reciever Chad Johnson legally changed his last name to "Ocho Cinco" so that the name on the back of his Bengals jersey would match the number below it, in Spanish. (Technically, "ocho cinco" means "eight five." Johnson's number, 85, would be "ochenta y cinco." But that doesn't sound as cool.) In 2011, he changed his name back to Johnson. He is jail right now for head-butting his wife and slapping his attorney on the butt.
Sasha Go Hard "Rondo" (2013)
Album: Nutty World
Label: Money Me Music Group
Subject's Bio: Rajon Rondo is the starting point gaurd for the Boston Celtics. Do not expect him ever to play for the Miami Heat.
Kevin Gates "Marshall Mathers" (2013)
Atmosphere "Bob Seger" (2013)
Subject's Bio: Earnest heartland rocker known for hits like "Night Moves," Old Time Rock-n-Roll," and that stupid "Like a Rock" song from those Chevy commercials that make you wanna kill youself every time they come on. (Which is ALL THE TIME.)
Ill Bill "Paul Baloff" (2013)
Jay-Z "Tom Ford" (2013)
Album: Magna Carta, Holy Grail
Label: Roc-a-Fella/Roc Nation/Universal Music Group
Subject's Bio: Fashion designer, former creative director at Gucci and YSL, has now gone solo and directed the critically acclaimed movie A Single Man in 2009.