I’m Drinking Rum…And Red Bull: R&B And Hip-Hop Songs Dedicated To Alcohol

January 7, 2014  |  
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There are so many songs out there about one random thing or another. Air Force Ones. Jeeps. Bugattis. Adidas shoes. But one thing that doesn’t get played out like a pair of Nike sneakers or a truck from the ’90s seems that people like to sing about is alcohol. It never seems to get old, even for me, and you can catch me at the bar with an ice water or Pepsi most of the time (one bad drinking experience kind of turned me off). Anywho, here are a few tracks about alcohol that get people loose as a goose on the dance floor (with and without the help of an alcoholic beverage), and sometimes, make you think.

Blame It by Jamie Foxx feat. T-Pain

It had the right beat, it was catchy as hell, and hey, it was a good excuse for bad behavior (seriously, it was the vodka cranberry’s fault!). Plus, T-Pain (a repeat offender on the list) added some more memorable lines to his catalog of hits (“I’m a take a shot of Nuvo, shawty then you know, it’s goin’ down we can go and kick it like judo…”).


Drunk In Love by Beyoncé feat. Jay Z

It’s the song that had us all howling at the office holiday party off-key, and it’s Beyoncé’s most provocative hit yet. Nothing says Bey Bey has gone to the dark side like her quietly crooning the following: “I’ve been drinking, I’ve been drinking…I get filthy when that liquor get into me…” Not filthy though…


How Many Drinks? by Miguel

Of course, bribing a girl for a good time in the sack with a few amaretto sours isn’t the best idea, but it makes for a dope song. “How Many Drinks” definitely gets people (specifically those in freakum dresses) moving and gyrating on the dance floor, and of course, it gets some drinks spilled in the process (watch your feet!).


Cheers To That by Rihanna

When the haters are trying to get you down, take Rihanna’s advice and pour up a drink–it’s sure to turn your frown upside down (especially if you have more than one, but not TOO many…).

Note: We would have included “Pour it Up” to the list, but that song was more about strip club activity than it was actually about drinking.


Bottoms Up by Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj

It’s definitely not as popular of a track as, say, “I Invented Sex” or “Say Aah,” but it’s mad catchy, and goes with a good glass of Hennessy. The song is clearly about shamelessly drinking liquor in excess, and a colorful verse by Nicki Minaj that name checks everything from Remy to Patron helps get the point across faster (literally). Time to get chocolate wasted.


Crown Royal by Jill Scott

If anyone ever wants to write a song that compares sex to alcohol, Jill Scott’s “Crown Royal” is the blueprint to follow. It’s freaky-schneaky and might make you want to go and pick up one of those purple velveteen sacks for yourself…oh, and a fine man to go with all that.


One More Drink by Ludacris feat. T-Pain

Now this song is a good example of why you might want to slow down on the drinks before you play yourself. Too many and you might confuse a Quasimodo-looking fella for an Idris Elba look-a-like, and that wouldn’t be good for you, boo. Always keep a good ice water on deck. The track has Ludacris’ ever-clever rhymes and yet another cheeky chorus from the Nappy Boy…


Buy You A Drank by T-Pain feat. Yung Joc

Speaking of T-Pain, who wasn’t doing the lean-with-it-rock-with-it to this jam from 2007? I think we ignored the lyrics while doing all that dancing, because the track was actually a more vulgar version of “How Many Drinks?” Especially when you’re talking about a song that says, “Lets get drunk forget what we did.” Despite all that, folks still lose their minds when it comes on: “Walk it out, think about it…aaahhh snap!”


Swimming Pools (Drank) by Kendrick Lamar

Peer pressure is a mother you-know-what, and that’s just one of many deep points that can be taken away from Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools.” While Lamar doesn’t actually drink himself, the song takes a look at his past, the influence of alcohol in his family, the relief people get from a bottle of alcohol, and the pressure that can be put upon you by others. Compared to the other songs, it’s actually the lone track on the list that doesn’t advocate for consumption of alcohol, but rather, uses it to tell a story.


Drinking Rum and Red Bull by Beenie Man feat. Fambo

If you’ve been in a club in Brooklyn after 12 a.m. during the reggae hour/portion of the night, I know you’ve had to jump around to this one. And it’s fitting. You might not want the rum and red bull combination, but this jam calls for a drink!


Drink You Away by Justin Timberlake

A thousand proof don’t change the truth.” A track from Justin Timberlake’s latest release, The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, “Drink You Away” is more about dealing with heartache with the help of Jack Daniel’s and Jim Beam. And no matter how much you drown yourself (and your sorrows) in such libations, it doesn’t change the pain. Look at JT trying to get deep on ’em!



Shots by LMFAO feat. Lil Jon

I’m not necessarily a big fan of this particular song, but nothing screams alcohol (and maybe alcoholic?) like three men literally screaming “SHOTS!” over a pulsating beat. It might not have made the same waves as “Party Rock,” but every white guy and girl that damn near knocks me down in the bar when it comes on seems to love it.



Pass The Courvoisier Part II by Busta Rhymes feat. P. Diddy and Pharrell

I wasn’t even of the legal drinking age when this song came out, but you couldn’t tell me anything when Busta Rhymes would open the track with “Don’t this s**t make a n***a wanna (jump! jump!)” In all honesty, aside from the chorus, the lyrical content of the track really wasn’t about alcohol, but seeing as how this was one of the first songs that bumped into the heads of all of my coworkers, I thought I’d play nice and include it. Plus, the beat with its acoustic guitar goes pretty hard…


Gin and Juice by Snoop Dogg

It’s a modern-day classic for the chorus alone (Rollin down the street, smokin indo, sippin on gin and juice/ Laid back (with my mind on my money and my money on my mind). And Snoop lays down the number one rule and struggle of coming around your friends with your own stash of alcohol:

“Now that I got me some Seagram’s gin
Everybody got they cups, but they ain’t chipped in
Now this type of s**t happens all the time
You got to get yours but fool I gotta get mine”

And don’t you forget it…


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