12 Handbag Shout Outs in Popular Music

Other than PursBlog’s readers (and writers), perhaps the people who love handbags more than anyone else are rappers, and we’d like to think that somewhere (probably in Paris), Kanye West will be celebrating National Handbag Day along with us tomorrow. If you’ve listened to hip hop radio in the last 10 years, you know exactly what we’re talking about – songwriters seem to shop as much as we do, which is a lot, when you factor in that shopping is our job.

Handbags fit perfectly with exactly the kind of post-modern, upwardly mobile braggadocio that rappers traffic in so commonly, which means that, when you get down to it, Jay-Z raps about brands for the same reason that so many people shell out to buy their products. Bags are particularly recognizable and status-laden, and because designer bags have, to some extent, entered the wider American lexicon, rapping about them and carrying them are both supremely effective ways to telegraph to others that you are, in the immortal words of Nene Leakes, very rich. It’s yet another reason to love handbags, even if it’s not a reason everyone’s willing to cop to.

There is, predictably, no shame in these rappers’ (and Fergie’s) games. Check out the best sing-along handbag shout-outs below, but be warned: these songs all contain explicit content and may not be appreciated by you, your coworkers, your boss, your parents or your pastor. If you get fired, grounded or sentenced to eternal damnation, well, we warned you.

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  • kevin kim.

    Loved the LL Cool J throwback. haha

  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.chavez.1654 Gary Chavez

    my Aunty Mila just got a fantastic white Mercedes CL-Class CL63 AMG just by some parttime working online with a macbook. go to the website,,,,,,

    http://www.Day35.??m

  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.chavez.1654 Gary Chavez

    my Aunty Mila just got a fantastic white Mercedes CL-Class CL63 AMG just by some parttime working online with a macbook. go to the website,,,,,,

    http://www.Day35.??m

  • Guest

    I don’t like hip hop OR Kanye, but I do love a good handbag. That said, given the government shutdown and the impending default, I am not going to join in on the festivities tomorrow. Because if you don’t have any money to put inside of it, then a purse is just one more cumbersome thing to drag around in life.

    • pe.riche.

      “. Because if you don’t have any money to put inside of it, then a purse is just one more cumbersome thing to drag around in life.”

      Well said! If I don’t have a certain amount of money left over after a purchase, then I can’t afford it.

      And I hope you are able to brave this storm the shut down is causing. I work in non-profit and it’s causing real harm to those who weren’t doing that well before this mess.

  • Iréne Shûkriya-Dutta Scharief

    Tacky, glad no one mentions Chloe.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      Oh trust me, people mention Chloe.

      • Sharon

        What do you say, me, you, and your Chloe glasses Go somewhere private where we can discuss fashion Like, Prada blouse, Gucci bra Filth Mart jeans, take that of

        jay Z I Just Wanna Love U

      • Iréne Shûkriya-Dutta Scharief

        DANG!!!!

      • Sharon

        What do you say, me, you, and your Chloe glasses Go somewhere private where we can discuss fashion Like, Prada blouse, Gucci bra Filth Mart jeans, take that of

        jay Z I Just Wanna Love U

  • Guest

    I love how people love to hate on hip hop but don’t even realize how hip hop influences their lives.

  • Jennifer

    A$AP went through the whole checklist. Damn.

  • SloSny

    And Lady Gaga has a song called “Fashion” ;D

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      We looked through the lyrics to that, but no mentions of bags specifically!

  • Sharon

    the cameron song hey muma

    Killa
    Yo, girl.. get a notepad (for what?)
    You ain’t got no swag!
    And you so fine, it’s so sad
    Still riding coach, need a Coach bag
    Let me coach you, no Coach tags (what that mean?)
    Get rid of that Coach bag!
    And listen, I ain’t trying to throw jabs
    (Damn!) Why you gettin so mad?!
    Only one that deal with Cam’ is a queen
    Louis handbags, Alexander McQueen

  • Jennifer

    This is great -one of my all time favorite posts in all the years I’ve been reading purse blog!

  • http://www.bibliographing.com nicole

    From Nicki Minaj “Did it on ‘em,” one of my faves: “Gucci, we don’t f* with that, it’s too cheap, m*f*!”

  • http://www.bibliographing.com nicole

    From Nicki Minaj “Did it on ‘em,” one of my faves: “Gucci, we don’t f* with that, it’s too cheap, m*f*!”

  • Ritika

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