The Phrase That Pays: "Dead Presidents" References In Rap

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Nas: "The World Is Yours"

The lyrics: “I’m out for presidents to represent me/(say what)/ I’m out for dead presidents to represent me."

Though not the first artist to use this phrase, Nas may very well be the most famous and, if not him, the verse itself forever remains as one of the most quoted rap lyrics in history. Featured on his classic debut Illmatic, "The World Is Yours" is a somber ode to the problems in today’s society.

(Photo: Columbia Records)

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