Hip-hop’s love affair with the Yankees is more than just the fitted cap. With a stadium located just blocks away from the birthplace of hip-hop, the Bronx Bombers have been a part of the rap lexicon for decades.

Maybe it’s the wealth, rich history, or tradition to win at all costs that attracts emcees like Jay-Z (of course), Kool G Rap, Ice Cube, and Drizzy to cite the Yankees. With 27 world championships and dozens of Hall of Fame players as alumni, there are plenty of big names to choose from. And you know they’ll continue to provide inspiration for rappers since they’re always in the mix to keep the roster armed with some of the game’s best pitchers and hitters.

So, on the day of the 2012 Yankees home opener, check out the 25 Greatest Yankees Rap References of All Time.

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