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.
Beyonce feat. Jay-z - "Upgrade U"
I'm talking Spy Bags and fly pads and rooms at the Bloomberg
And rumors you on the verge of a new merge
'Cause that rock on ya finger is like a tumor
You can't fit ya hand in ya new purse
Kanye West - "Last Call"
Drake - "Fancy"
Young Jeezy - "Supafreak"
What it do? What it is? What you working with?
Everytime you see me on grind: stay on that working sh*t
All I ever want's a bad b*tch in a Chanel bag
Street brothas want her cause they know she got Chanel swag
TI - "Love This Life"
Bentley for your birthday, Goyard purse day
Filled with them stacks you know you gotta love that
Don't you love this life like I love you?
Anything you could ask, do it for you
Drop Jags, Birkin bags, Louboutin heels
Summer homes in Miami, Hollywood Hills
LL Cool J - "Around the Way Girl"
I want a girl with extensions in her hair
Bamboo earrings, at least two pair
A Fendi bag and a bad attitude
That's all I need to get me in a good mood
Gucci Mane - "Party Animal"
Baby crazy looking at me cause I got a stupid bag (stupid)
Bet mama's a cannibal, know she want a Louis bag
I wipe my sweat with Gucci rags, blow my nose with stupid stacks
80 for a show so I wipe my ass with 50 racks
Fergie - "Labels or Love"
Gucci, Fendi, Prada purses, purchasing them finer things
Men they come a dime a dozen, just give me them diamond rings
Im into a lotta bling, Cadallic, Chanel and Coach
Fellas boast but they cant really handle my female approach
Jay-Z - "'03 Bonnie and Clyde"
Twista - "Overnight Celebrity"
Kanye West - "Gold Digger"
Cutie the bomb, met her at a beauty salon
With a baby Louis Vuitton under her underarm
She said I can tell you rock, I can tell by your charm
Far as girls you got a flock, I can tell by your charm and your arm
A$AP Rocky - "Fashion Killa"
I see your Jil Sanders, Oliver Peoples
Costume National, your Ann Demeuelemeester
See Visvim be the sneaker, Lanvin or Balmain
Goyard by the trunk, her Isabel Marant
I love your Linda Farrow, I adore your Dior
Your Damir Doma, Vena Cava from the store
I crush down with that top down, bossy see how I ride 'round
Mami in that Tom Ford, Papi in that Thom Browne
Rick Owens, Raf Simons, boy she got it by the stock
She ball until she fall, that means she shop 'til she drop
And Versace: got a lot, but she may never wear it
But she save it so our babies will be flyer than their parents
TI - "Whatever You Like"
My chick could have what she want
And go in any sto' for any bag she want
And no, she ain't never had a man like that
To buy you anything ya heart desires like that, yeah