Financial Advice from some of the Biggest Names in Music*

A lot of people have a lot to say about money. This post brings you some excellent financial advice, through song, from some of the biggest names in music. Happy listening!

  • “We just watching Netflix, she ain’t got no cable, okay though” – Chance the Rapper in DJ Khaled’s track I’m The One
    • Translation: it’s okay to cut cable to save money


  • “Flying down the highway, backseat of the Hyundai, pull it to the front, let it run, we don’t valet” – Kesha, Hymn
    • Translation: you don’t always need the expensive or fancy option


  • “Say you don’t need no diamond ring, and I’ll be satisfied, tell me that you want the kind of thing, that money just can’t buy, I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love” – The Beatles, Can’t Buy Me Love
    • Translation: money doesn’t buy us what matters most in life


  • “It’s like the more money we come across, the more problems we see” – The Notorious B.I.G., Mo Money Mo Problems
    • Translation: at some point, more money does make life more complicated


  • “Never would I ever let my hustle, come between me and my family time, you keep me humble out of this hype, cause you know there’s more to life” – Beyoncé, Hello
    • Translation: we can work too hard and begin to prioritize money over what’s really important


  • “Dear Mom and Dad, please send money, I’m so broke that it ain’t funny, I don’t need much just enough to get me through…Dear Mom and Dad, I’ll send money, I’m so rich that it ain’t funny, well it ought to be more then enough to get you through” – Sugarland, Baby Girl
    • Translation: sometimes we need money, sometimes we can give money – give back when you can (and don’t mooch off your parents)


  • “Whether you broke or rich you gotta get this, havin’ money’s not everything, not havin’ it is” – Kanye West, Good life
    • Translation: we learn and grow by not having money and working our way up (so don’t be entitled)


  • “I ain’t trading my youth for no suit and jacket, I ain’t giving my freedom for your money and status, so don’t say I’m getting older, cause I’ll say it when I do” – Judah & the Lion’s Suit And Jacket
    • Translation: sometimes money and status make us take ourselves too seriously


  • “I’ve been working at the convenience store, managed to save just a little bit of money, we won’t have to drive too far, just across the border and into the city, you and I can both get jobs, finally see what it means to be living” – Tracy Chapman, Fast Car
    • Translation: get a job and save some money (if money feels stressful or you’re struggling, set small, measurable goals, focus on what you can control, and believe in yourself!)


*This blog post and the entirety of the lyrics from each song, the artists singing them, and the translations provided do not constitute comprehensive financial advice. Go figure.


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