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”

I’m Kan, the Louis Vuitton Don
Bought my mom a purse, now she Louis Vuitton Mom

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9mwuYBljUA


Drake – “Fancy”

Naked ring finger, M3 Beamer
Champagne Range, triple white Jag
Closet full of brand new clothes and handbags
Alexander McQueen, Prada, Gucci, Chanel
D&G, BCBG, Versace, Louis and Bebe


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”

I keep you working that Hermes Birkin bag
Manolo Blahnik Timbs, Aviator lens
600 drops, Hercedes Benz
The only time you wear Burberry to swim


Twista – “Overnight Celebrity”

You want fame, you can take that path
Candlelights ‘fore you take a bath
You got such a sensational ass
I’mma get you Jimmy Choo and Marc Jacobs bags


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

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kevin kim.
kevin kim.
9 years ago

Loved the LL Cool J throwback. haha

Gary Chavez
9 years ago

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

Gary Chavez
9 years ago

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
Guest
9 years ago

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.
pe.riche.
9 years ago
Reply to  Guest

“. 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
Iréne Shûkriya-Dutta Scharief
9 years ago

Tacky, glad no one mentions Chloe.

Amanda Mull
9 years ago

Oh trust me, people mention Chloe.

Sharon
Sharon
9 years ago
Reply to  Amanda Mull

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

Sharon
Sharon
9 years ago
Reply to  Amanda Mull

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
Iréne Shûkriya-Dutta Scharief
9 years ago
Reply to  Sharon

DANG!!!!

Guest
Guest
9 years ago

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

Jennifer
Jennifer
9 years ago

A$AP went through the whole checklist. Damn.

SloSny
SloSny
9 years ago

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

Amanda Mull
9 years ago
Reply to  SloSny

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

Sharon
Sharon
9 years ago

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
Jennifer
9 years ago

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

GG Pastel