10 of the Best Timberland Boot-Inspired Hip-Hop Lyrics

  • Nas

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    Nas

    “Knock a pimp’s drink down in his pimp cup / That’s the way you get Timberland’d up.”

    Song: “Made You Look”

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  • The Notorious B.I.G.

    “Don’t make sense goin’ to Heaven with the goodie goodies / Dressed in white, I like black Timbs and black hoodies.”

    Song: “Suicidal Thoughts”

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  • GZA

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    GZA

    “You’re listening to slanged out goodies, and Timberlands and hoodies / With the rhythm that came from the streets.”

    Song: “Unstoppable Threats (Hip-Hop)”

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  • Rakim

    “Women pose, from Timberlands to feminine clothes / Check their portfolios and put ’em in centerfolds.”

    Song: “Finest Ones”

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  • 50 Cent

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    50 Cent

    “We wore Timberland boots, Carhartt suits / You can tell a n**** paid when his FILA shoes suede.”

    Song: “Puppy Love.”

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  • Gang Starr

    “Suckers wanna rhyme cause they’re eager to find / the secret behind the way that I stomp all comp / Just like a Timberland it’s the Guru and Premier.”

    Song: “Hardcore Composer”

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  • Common

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    Common

    “Cold as the winter when fake n***** was shiverin’ / Shakin’ in they Timberlands, you as played as Bennigans / Hot for a minute, now you just a ‘remember him / I been a master since P was No Limitin.”

    Song: “Start the Show”

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  • The Game
    The Game

    “This is gin and juice / The Doc made the club R.O.C. without Timberland boots / First n**** to put drolex on a Bentley Coupe.”

    Song: “Higher”

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  • Redman

    “Yo..yo, gimme some room I’m throwin’ elbows / Timberland boots, Air Force and shell-toes, who the f*** is them? / If I gotta pay to get in the club, I’ma go pop the trunk and turn the street volume up to ten.”

    Song: “Let’s Get Dirty”

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  • Nas

    “Wipe the sweat off my dome, spit the phlegm on the streets / Suede Timbs on my feet makes my cipher complete”

    Song: “The World Is Yours”

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  • Nas
  • Notorious B.I.G.
  • GZA
  • 50 Cent
  • Gang Starr
  • Common
  • The Game
  • Redman
  • Nas

If you were still on training wheels during the 1990s, you probably won’t remember the incredible impact that Timberland boots had on hip-hop during rap’s “Golden Age.”

“There were some cold winters in those days,” Wu-Tang’s RZA once told GQ. “They had all the qualities of a good product and that’s why we continued to wear them. Timberlands became something that was cool and rugged at the same time.”

But Timberland boots didn’t become so wildly popular that groups like Mobb Deep rocked them on album covers just because they kept your feet warm. Whether you were wearing the traditional tan colors or mixing it up, like RZA, they brought with them more than a shred of credibility. If you were rocking Timbs back in the day, people had to respect you. That’s just the way it was.

Nowadays, as with anything else, the new generation has come up and doesn’t care as much that Havoc was rocking Timbs on the back cover of Mobb Deep‘s classic 1995 album, The Infamous. They don’t care that Biggie once spit “Don’t make sense goin’ to Heaven with the goodie goodies. Dressed in white, I like black Timbs and black hoodies.”

But that’s okay, because Timberlands are on their way back and as the months get colder and as the calendar turns from 2014 to 2015, no one can overlook how good it feels to roll out with a pair of new Timbs on your feet. That’ll continue this weekend, as a new 6-inch camo Timberland boot will be dropping on Friday at Champs Sports. To get you ready for the release, and to help school the young’ns out there, these are 10 of the Best Timberland Boot-Inspired Hip-Hop Lyrics.

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