Sure, Han Solo didn't have the greatest competition when it came to winning over Princess Leia — a walking wig, two tin cans, a blue dead guy , and chick's long lost brother. But, nevertheless, dude ended up nabbing every geek's wet dream. It isn't an accident that "Princess Leia in a golden bikini" is one of the most Google-ed Star Wars search terms. Just ask Kanye .
With news that Disney is putting together a third Star Wars trilogy, we decided to do something to celebrate Solo's return. And while there may already be lists out there dedicated to SW references in hip-hop , we're gonna keep things Solo-centric. 'Cause we all know Han is S1W.
Without further ado, here are 11 Tracks That Reference Han Solo.
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OutKast — "Happy Valentine's Day" (LaFace/Arista, 2003)
Lyric : "Have you ever rode a horse?/ Like for you to send me to Pluto/ I said, 'Of course!'/ But if you ain't a sweety/ Indeedy I won't endorse/ Han Solo till I'm hit by the bullet/ So may the force/ Be with you, and I'll hit you when better time permits..."
Why It's Dope : In many ways, Andre 3K is like the Han Solo of the hip-hop universe. He has a chill, ultra suave exterior, yet has a soft spot for love. (In this case, "the force.") Andre also enunciates the "Han" part to make it sound like, "I'm." So essentially he's alone ("I'm solo") until he gets hit by Cupid's arrow (or a bullet from a Stormtrooper blaster).
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The New Royales — "Posers" Ft. Jay Electronica (2012)
Lyric : "Question/ How does one go from chosen to posin'/ Trapped in a box for years, like Han Solo frozen/ Trapped in a wack idea designed by De Beers/ To keep your mental eyelids closed and your eyeballs bulgin'..."
Why It's Dope : 'Cause Jay Electronica doesn't release enough work as it is. On top of it being a rare occasion, he also drops a brilliant metaphor of the hip-hop industry, which happens to include Mr. Han Solo. So get your minds off those diamonds, unless you want to be shut-in like Solo.
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XV — "Jedi Knight" (2012)
Lyric : "Can you feel my force when I'm with you?/ Don't worry, boo, I got troops if the storm ever hits you/ And if we come together like the walls of the chamber Princess Leia got us into/ I would go dolo like Han Solo just to rescue you..."
Why It's Dope : Not often do we get to hear a whole song that is a 4-minute long Star Wars reference. XV seems to prefer the Jedi swagger, but he gets extra points for referencing the famous garbage chamber scene.
Mos Def ft. Talib Kweli — "Know That" (Rawkus, 1999)
Lyric : "I Strike the Empire Back/ I Strike the Empire Back/ Fuck the Empire/ High flying like the Millenium Falcon/ Piloted by Han Solo / I never roll for dolo/Fronting on me's a no-no..."
Why It's Dope : Firstly, it appears on one of the best hip-hop debuts of all time. Second, it takes some major ballocks to open a track with such a geekified reference in the "bling bling" era, but that's exactly what made Rawkus so noteworthy. Rhyming "Solo" with "no-no" isn't exactly James Joyce, but the Empire jab at a bloated rap industry ranks with Bey's best.
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Nas — "Pussy Killz" (Ill Will/Columbia, 2002)
Lyric : "'Cause James and me like I was with AZ like/ Luke and Han Solo fucking with niggas' girls' forbidden, that's a no-no/ It's death and we real niggas, civilized gods/ And there ain't too many niggas like Nas, I'm trust worthy..."
Why It's Dope : Any track that references AZ is dope by default. Being Nas, he also drops a PSA against tapping your homie's significant other through Star Wars imagery... though he might forget that Luke didn't keep himself from smashing Solo's girl based on principal alone — rather he wasn't interested in knocking boots with his sis (a definite no-no).
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Busta Rhymes — "Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check" (Elektra, 1996)
Lyric : "Blast your ass hit you with a direct blow/ Bo!! Coming through like G.I. Joe/ Star Wars moving ill like Han Solo / Make you bounce around like this was calypso..."
Why It's Dope : Style wise Busta is more Chewie than Solo, but it's always a treat to get two old school references in succession. Seems like Rhymes just needed a word to rhyme with "blow" and "Joe," but given his madman charm, he gets away with a somewhat stale Solo namedrop.
Black Hippy — "Scenario" (2009)
Lyric : "Enter the mind of the utmost divine/ Heel up reel up, bring it back come rewind/ Twilight Zone , War with the Star/ Hans Solo (Soul-o) / Top Dawg, not Toto, notch logo..."
Why It's Dope : The fact that this cut exists is reason enough. You also have to love Ab-Soul's wordplay trickery.
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House Of Pain — "Feel It" (Tommy Boy, 1992)
Lyric : "So catch me, catch me, if you can/ You know I'm the man, like Chewbacca knows Han / Solo , bolos are what I'll be throwin'/ When I be flowin' I get the job done..."
Why It's Dope : Who said it was dope?
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Organized Konfusion – "Walk Into the Sun (Remix)" (1992)
Lyric : "In Philly, 40 dogs passed around/ Hanging with Han Solo on South St. now we're New York bound/ Back to the Southside of town where I flip it/ In the summer, I pumps the drummer up, so I can kick it..."
Why It's Dope : The lyrics could be better, but you have to factor in the fact that Prince Po (as well as Pharoahe Monch) took the time to drop completely new lyrics for this version of the track. Also, what's not to love about imagining Prince Po kickin' it with Solo in Philly?
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The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Method Man & Redman — "Rap Phenomenon" (Bad Boy Records, 1999)
Lyric : "Stuck on stupid, shoot 'em with a dart like Cupid/ Until they got love for my music/ Star Wars I'm Han Solo , with three egos/ And three charges, I got to see three P.O.s..."
Why It's Dope : As we've come to expect from Method Man, he can make even the lackluster, in this instance C-3PO, hella dope. Apparently, Method Man is so criminal he needs to see three parole officers (P.Os) to make amends for his crimes. Add that it's a posthumous B.I.G. number, is produced by Preemo, and includes Method Man associate Redman, and you have a galaxy's worth of dopeness.
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Method Man — "World Gone Sour (The Lost Kids)" (2011)
Lyric : "They knock the little man off, the horsey on your polo/ Crushin all your dreams cut the string in your yo-yo/ Trade your Lamborghini for a Volvo/ I bet you thought that this was a promo/ But no-no, this is Boba Fett meets Han Solo ..."
Why It's Dope : Even though it's Meth, it's hard to look past the candy rap, no matter how hard he professes that it isn't such. But we can't help but imagine that Meth doing anything that's on par with the awesomeness of Boba clashing with Solo, would be something worth getting hyped over.
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BONUS: IAM — "L'Empire Du Côté Obscur" (1997)
If 11 tracks weren't enough to whet your Han Solo appetite, we decided to throw in something extra for fun's sake. There aren't any Solo references as far as we know, but you got to love the dedication involved in their ode to Lucas' space series. Put together by French hip-hop legends IAM, "L'Empire Du Côté Obscur" translates to something like "The Empire From The Dark Side." Complete with asthmatic Vader breaths, it should be the kind of goodie any Star Wars or hip-hop fan can get into.