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50 Songs in the Key of Kardashian

From Kanye love letters to Eminem disses, the top tracks to reference reality TV’s first family

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The Kardashians attend E! 2012 Upfront in New York City on April 30th, 2012.

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Kanye West isn't the only artist in hip-hop to take on Kim Kardashian as his muse: rappers have been rhyming about the reality TV superstar and her relatives for years. The Kardashian-Jenner clan has become the genre's primary reference point for everything from wealth to sex to power, and the songs name-dropping the family and its members – from Caitlyn to Kris to Robert Sr. to every single sister – range from brilliant to grotesque. Here are the 50 that matter most.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Khloe Kardasian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner attend the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party at The Colony on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Drake, “6PM in New York” (2015)

Lyrics: "It's so childish calling my name on the world stage/You need to act your age and not your girl's age"

Backstory: Drake didn't take too kindly to Tyga's comments in a 2014 Vibe cover story in which the rapper insinuated that he only worked with other Cash Money artists out of obligation, which led to the deterioration of his relationship with the label. Drake responded with a sly diss towards the now-independent by calling out 25-year-old Tyga's rumored girlfriend, 17-year-old Kylie Jenner.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Khloe Kardasian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner attend the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party at The Colony on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Donmonique, “Pilates” (2015)

Lyrics: "Got Kendall, got Kylie, got Miley/I can make the work stretch like pilates"

Backstory: According to Donmonique's Genius annotations, Kendall, Kylie and Miley's references are more than just a shout out to three of the most famous girls in the biz – they're new code names for drugs. "It's that white girl," she wrote. "It's coke, weed and molly. Kendall's a model, so she's coke; Kylie's kush, she's got green hair; and Miley is molly."

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Khloe Kardasian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner attend the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party at The Colony on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Lil Durk, “Faneto (Remix)” (2015)

Lyrics: "Grease my trigger finger, it ain't stuck/I just told Kendall Jenner, can I fuck?"

Backstory: In his remix of Chief Keef's "Faneto," Lil Durk is hyping his debut album, Remember My Name, firing shots at Young Money and shouting out his regular collaborator Meek Mill. There's nothing subtle about this thirst for Kendall, but at least he asked, which is more than we can say for some. (Looking at you, Mike Stud.)

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Khloe Kardasian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner attend the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party at The Colony on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment Featuring Quavo and King Louie, “Familiar” (2015)

Lyrics: "Aye 'Ye, where Kim at?/Kris Jenner, that's a kidnap"

Backstory: On one of Surf's catchiest tracks, Chance the Rapper gets King Louie and Quavo of Migos rapping about girls who are lack originality. In an effort to avoid the exhausting familiarity, Louie sets his sights on the star and the matriarch of the Kardashian empire.

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala in New York City on May 5th, 2014.

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Kanye West, “Awesome” (2014)

Lyrics: "Yeah, I'd rather do nothing with you/Than something with somebody new"

Backstory: After he performed it at the private Met Gala in 2013, West kept this love song under wraps for over a year. It was next played during the final moments of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians season 9 finale, as Kim adjusted her veil and left the Forte di Belvedere to meet West at the altar. 

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Khloe Kardasian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner attend the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party at The Colony on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Beyonce Featuring Kanye West, “Drunk in Love (Remix)” (2014)

Lyrics: "And you always told your girlfriends you need you a TV show/Now you got your own money, you don't need nobody else/But far as handlin' all that ass, I think you gon' need some help/. . .You ain't on site then you on Skype/I put you on that bike, you bound, girl/We too wild, won't turn down/We drunk in love, fuck them"

Backstory: West has always said — in lyrics and interviews — that there has been, over the years, a "type of woman" who has been interested in him for his money and status. Here, he's frank about what he can offer Kim and what she brings to the table: "Now you got your own money, you don't need nobody else/But far as handlin' all that ass, I think you gon' need some help."

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Khloe Kardasian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner attend the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party at The Colony on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Future Featuring Kanye West, “I Won” (2014)

Lyrics: "You could look at Kylie, Kendall, Kourtney and Khloe/All your mama ever made was trophies, right?"

Backstory: Rumored to be a response to Ray-J's then-recently released diss track "I Hit It First," West's verse is all about Kim worship. That is, until its final lines, when he gives all the credit to Kris Jenner for making so many "trophies." 

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Khloe Kardasian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner attend the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party at The Colony on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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The Game’s Tim Westwood Freestyle (2014)

Lyrics: "Game know Khloe and Kim, they on speed dial/Game don't wear no tux at big dinners/Game hit the Mickey D's with Kris Jenner"

Backstory: During his appearance on British DJ Tim Westwood's freestyle video series, the Game made a few quick references to not only his past romantic relationship with Kim but also his longtime friendship with Khloe. Of course, their mom Kris gets a brief shout out; let's hope she actually did make some Mickey D's runs with the former G-Unit member.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Khloe Kardasian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner attend the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party at The Colony on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Rae Sremmurd, “No Type” (2014)

Lyrics: "I got some models that you see up in the movies, and they want to make a flick for the camera/Wanna be Kim Kardashian, heard I was living like a bachelor"

Backstory: Rae Sremmurd are all positivity, celebrating the models, celebrating Kim and most of all, celebrating their love for girls the hook describes as "bad bitches." What's a bad bitch? Maybe they're going by Sister Souljah's definition: "A woman who handles her business without making it seem like business."

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Khloe Kardasian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner attend the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party at The Colony on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Big Sean, “Jit/Juke” (2014)

Lyrics: "Shout out to Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Scott Disick/When you see my pretty face, shut the fuck up and kiss it"

Backstory: One of the four surprise tracks Big Sean dropped the day he was signed to Roc Nation, "Jit/Juke" shouts out his fellow guests at Kim and Kanye's Florence wedding.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Khloe Kardasian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner attend the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party at The Colony on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Statik Selektah Featuring Action Bronson, Black Thought and Royce Da 5’9″, “The Imperial” (2014)

Lyrics: "Yo, it's the rap Scott Disick/Come through the fuckin' block with some hot lizards"

Backstory: It's appropriate that Action Bronson opens up a track titled "The Imperial" by shouting out Lord Disick himself. In the process, he points out the longest lasting Kardashian beau's impeccable fashion sense. 

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Khloe Kardasian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner attend the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party at The Colony on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Eminem, “Berzerk” (2013)

Lyrics: "They say that love is powerful as cough syrup in styrofoam/All I know is I fell asleep and woke up in that Monte Carlo/With the ugly Kardashian/Lamar, oh, sorry yo, we done both set the bar low"

Backstory: The Rick Rubin–produced "Berzerk" was largely a celebration of old-school hip-hop, but of course Eminem doesn't miss a chance to take pot shots at a female celebrity. His target this time around? "The ugly Kardashian," who is confirmed to be Khloe when the rapper references her then-husband Lamar Odom in the next line.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Khloe Kardasian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner attend the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party at The Colony on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Ray J, “I Hit It First” (2013)

Lyrics: "And if you were to come back to me, girl/We'll make another movie"

Backstory: A decade after he dated Kim, Ray J released the bitter (but, admittedly, catchy) track speculating what would happen if his ex — who's since "gone West" — changed her mind. Everything from the cover art (a pixellated photo of Kim in the style of Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy artwork) to the Kim look-a-like cast in the video only proves that, while Kim is determined to move on from the tape that first brought her to prominence, Ray J is still desperately trying to cash in on it.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Khloe Kardasian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner attend the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party at The Colony on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Travi$ Scott, “MIA” (2013)

Lyrics: "Listen, pimping your bitches might visit my Disick/Disick all business"

Backstory: As a member of West's GOOD Music family, it's only fitting that Scott found a way to bring 'Ye's previous use of "Disick" as slang on his own track.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Khloe Kardasian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner attend the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party at The Colony on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The Game Featuring 2 Chainz and Rick Ross, “Ali Bomaye” (2013)

Lyrics: "I take my case to trial, hire the Dream Team/Robbie Kardashian, Johnnie Cochran, I seen things"

Backstory: A year before West would reference one-half of O.J. Simpson's defense team in "On Sight" ("And I know she like chocolate men/She got more niggas off than Cochran"), attorneys Robert Kardashian Sr. and Johnnie Cochran are name-checked by Rick Ross on this track, which also references Kanye's Air Yeezy II sneakers.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Khloe Kardasian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner attend the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party at The Colony on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Mike Stud, “Amanda Bynes (Versace Remix)” (2013)

Lyrics: "Oh Kendall Jenner, I can't forget her/Man, that girl bad and I want her in the worst way/She's 17? Well, when the fuck is her birthday?"

Backstory: In his take on Migos' "Versace," then-25-year-old Mike Stud makes it clear which of the Jenner girls he's got his eye on, but just happens to do it in the creepiest way: by counting down the days 'til Kendall turns 18.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Khloe Kardasian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner attend the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party at The Colony on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Mike Stud, “Gas Pedal (Remix)” (2013)

Lyrics: "Doing anything I can for a Kendall Jenner date/But if not then, it's on to the next, don't be mad at me"

Backstory: Five months after his last attempt at appearing on Kendall's radar (and right after she turned 18), Mike gave it one more shot in his remix of Sage the Gemini's "Gas Pedal." 

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Khloe Kardasian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner attend the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party at The Colony on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Atmosphere Featuring Brother Ali, Carnage the Executioner and Hapduzn, “It Ain’t the Prettiest” (2013)

Lyrics: "I wait and watch for gas rates to drop/While you debate if Kim Kardashian’s booty is fake or not"

Backstory: When Barack Obama said in his Kindle Singles interview that, when he was growing up, "kids weren't monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing," he used the now-Mrs. West as a metaphor for tabloid culture. Atmosphere are effectively taking the same approach as the President here, by contrasting the act of indulging in Kim gossip with real problems: being able to afford gas and concern about your kids' welfare.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Khloe Kardasian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner attend the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party at The Colony on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Kanye West Featuring DJ Khaled, “Cold” (2012)

Lyrics: "And I'll admit, I had fell in love with Kim/Around the same time she had fell in love with him/Well, that's cool, baby girl, do ya thang/Lucky I ain't had Jay drop him from the team"

Backstory: While some fans speculated that the "she had fell in love with him" line might be in reference to Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa (considering Khalifa is mentioned just one line earlier), there's no question as to who Jay could've dropped from the team: when the track came out, Kim's ex-husband Kris Humphries played for the Brooklyn Nets, in which Jay Z owned a minority stake.