Military Minded

I have a brother in the Army and around 96/97, he got deployed to a base in Germany.

He was heavy into Wu Tang until he came back in 98. By that time, he said he preferred No Limit because “a lot of the tracks they make are like the chants we do during marches & drill commands”.

I thought he was exaggerating, just because of the No Limit logo and because Master P rhymed about hustling & Ice Cream trucks. I couldn’t see the link at first, but he proved his point eventually when he’d play certain tracks.

I later found out that Mystikal served in Desert Storm. Ever since then, I’ve always wondered whether it’s coincidence or a smart marketing plan when I see artists dressed in military uniform and using military themes in their music.

No Limit Records:

Public Enemy:


Throw Ya Gunz…

Wu Tang Clan:

Killarmy’s music had a heavy military presence in.

Boot Camp Clik:


Then you had the Queens rappers like Mobb Deep & CNN who compared their hoods to being on the frontline and rocked Timbalands with fatigues.

“sneak an Uzi on the Island in my army jacket lining” – Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell

Even Nas was The General at one point.

Desert Storm:

Stack Bundles would often shout “Squuaaad Up!” Not to mention The A-Team of Ransom and Hitchcock.

Cash Money Records:

Guerilla Warfare..

Ruff Ryders & D Block:

Dmx would often wear dog tags.

Dee from Ruff Ryders has said that rappers such as Eve were put through a boot camp to sharpen their skills.

Let’s not forget what who the original Ruff Ryders were.

A lot of DMX’s records have  very boot camp like hooks. Ruff Ryders Anthem is one obvious example.

Ten Hut & D Block Anthem.

G-Unit aka Guerilla Unit (or Gorilla Unit):

G-Unit Soldiers. 50 Cent got sent to boot camp before he was star. Who knows if that had an influence on some of his records. He’s also a keen reader of military and strategy books.

Can’t forget Aftermath Records either.


As you may already know, Tupac was also an avid reader of strategy and military books, which is how he gave himself the alias Makaveli. Also, all of the Outlawz were named after military dictators. He  often made records that had a military theme from a strategic perspective.


“Roc-a-fella is the army, better yet the navy” – Jay-Z.

Immortal Technique:


Self explanatory…


About Harlem World

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Posted on November 21, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. For real, this blog is the best hip hop blog on the internet. The behind the scenes perspective you provide adds a lot. I just wish you updated it more often.

  2. I think, we live in an extremely militarized world, from real war, to video games and movies. It’s only natural that it would extend to hip hop. Particularly, many of our relatives are in the military. I didn’t realise just how extensive, it was in hip hop, though.

    BTW That “rocafella is the army…” line is poached from one of BG, then of Cash Money’s “Cash Money is an army”.

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