40+ Rap Lyrics Affected By Yves Saint Laurent Name Change

Kanye West wears a YSL t-shirt performing in Beijing in 2008.
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About a month ago, we caught wind that creative director Hedi Slimane would be transitioning the name of legendary ready-to-wear label Yves Saint Laurent and its YSL shorthand to (the momentarily Saint Laurent Paris, then rechristened/confirmed) JUST Saint Laurent. Whether the logo for the read-to-wear line, too, will morph from “YSL” to “SL” or “SLP” for “Saint Laurent Paris” is still unconfirmed. The news was shocking, for sure, but earlier this week Slimane and Saint Laurent presented their first show under the new name without a hitch. And so, the fashion world lives on to see another day. What remains to be touched on, though, is the effect the name change will have on the rap game, with droves of emcees having dropped the brand’s previous identification in their lyrics.

The YSL logo tees are all no doubt waaaay more valuable now that the name change has upped their vintage factor, but what happens to the DOZENS of lyrics boasting the old name? There are more than 40 hip-hop songs in existence that feature some permutation of the former “Yves Saint Laurent,” with the top repeat offenders being Maybach Music Group’s Rick Ross and Meek Mill at 5 tracks each and honorable mentions going to A$AP Rocky, Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Tyga, and Game at 2 instances each. Peep all the YSL-winking lyrics we could round up (over 40!!!!) after the jump and let us know in the comments whether you think the change makes these songs out-dated or just vintage.

2 Chainz – “I Feel Good”:
I got a fresh pair step and get fresh air
Yves Saint Laurent spring collect wear, yeah

2 Chainz (ft. Drake) – “No Lie”:
YSL belt buckle, y’all n***** sure is looking
Y’all n**** sure is lucky, two chains on my rugby
Left hand on that steering wheel, right hand on that p****

50 Cent – “Old 2003 Ferrari”:
My belt buckle YSL; my denim vintage
My AP all iced out; my s*** authentic

A$AP MOB – “Gotham City”:
She wanting my body, pursuing my colleagues
Versace, my eyelids but it Yves Saint Laurent me

A$AP Rocky (ft. A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast & A$AP Twelvy) – “Funkmaster Flex Freestyle Part 1″:
Yves Saint Laurent kicks, Christian Dior sponsors
Thesis snapbacks like I’m straight outta Compton

A$AP Rocky – “Purple Kisses”:
Style fresh to death, show you b****** how to flaunt
And the Yves Saint Laurent, or her Isabel Marant

Ab-Soul – “Nothing’s Something”:
YSL, iPhone wireless cell
I’m high as hell, by the end of the night
I might need bail if a n**** test my might

Childish Gambino (ft. Jay Rock) – “Sour Face”:
Double XL, YSL on a n****
I’m so high, I could bring hell on a n****

Clipse (ft. Fabolous) – “Comedy Central”:
Yves Saint Laurent knitted, shorts bermuda
You would think they was Pucci if you overlooked Medusa

Das Racist – “Selena”:
He went from ESL to YSL
Cause we excel, we fly as hell

Diggy Simmons – “Digg Is Like”:
They say you are what you wear, I am Yves Saint Laurent
Maison Martin Margiela

DJ Drama (ft. Common, Kendrick Lamar & Lloyd) – “My Way”:
That’s ironic, she have a roll in it as well
I like to swim in it like Olympians, YSL
And some Timberlands high as hell

DJ Khaled (ft. Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj & Rick Ross) – “Take It To The Head”:
She got all them purses, I say in my verses
YSL and Hermes and barely scratch the surface

DJ Khaled (ft. Akon, Birdman, Fat Joe, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross & T.I.) – “We Takin’ Over”:
I’m YSL, Versace
You could see me in that Porsche GT

Fat Joe (ft. Raekwon & Ta) – “Ice Cream”:
Who smelled the fragrance? It was Chanel mixed with YSL
Flagged in burgun’, serpent know well

Future – “Turn On The Light”:
Is that her in the VIP-line
With the Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent

Game (ft. Lloyd) – “Hello”:
Fall in that YSL, try it on, you fly as hell
Don’t really like it, but I’m buying it, might as well

Game – “Daytona 500″:
And I don’t know better
I ain’t know if this a Louis Vuitton or Polo sweater
To me the YSL logo better
Watch a knock-off cause these h*** know better

Jay-Z (ft. Latoiya Williams) – “All Around The World”:
“Come and Talk to Me” mami in the Yves Saint
Laurent, I hope, she ain’t too young

Kanye West – “Diamonds From Sierra Leone”:
Close your eyes and imagine, feel the magic
Vegas on acid
Seen through Yves Saint Laurent glasses

Kanye West – “Pinocchio Story”:
There is no Gucci I can buy
There is no Louis Vuitton to put on
There is no YSL that they could sell
To get my heart, out of this hell
And my mind, out of this jail

Lloyd Banks – “The Sprint”:
Die weird, lose your mind here, right in Times Square
Bomb scare, kicking it in my Yves Saint Laurent gear

Meek Mill (ft. Kendrick Lamar) – “A1 Everything”:
I take her to the mall, buy her all types of designers
YSL, fly Chanel, all that Dolce & Gabbana

Meek Mill (ft. Rick Ross) – “Everyday”:
I go Dolce & Gabana, Gucci, Louis, Prada
Fly as hell in YSL boy I got a lot of ’em

Meek Mill – “Flexing”:
I rock YSL so fresh, fly as hell no jet
Waves on 360, make that p**** get so wet

Meek Mill (ft. 2 Chainz & Louie V) – “Str8 Like Dat”:
Well damn, it’s YSL in my shirt, fly as hell off Earth
Y’all n***** smoking on dirt, I’m on probation poppin’ on Perc

Nas (ft. Snoop Dogg) – “Play On Playa”:
Throwin’ carnations at my tombstone
In my new home, meet mom’s in my Yves Saint Laurent suit on

Raekwon – “Butter Knives”:
YSL with velours on, drawers is colorful
I do this, forever n****, raw style
Lighting Phillies, fly by willies, can’t come through
Unless your vehicle three hundred chain, silly

Rick Ross (ft. KC) – “Ashes To Ashes”:
Rose petals turned into YSL
So ghetto but she turned me to the jama shell

Rick Ross (ft. Meek Mill) – “Black Magic”:
Still money over these h***
Got YSL on my clothes

Rick Ross (ft. Future) – “Magic”:
If you dream it, live it
We young n***** living
YSL duffle, already know what’s in it

Rick Ross (ft. Meek Mill & Wale) – “Pandemonium”:
YSL swagger, wrist wear frigid
Jumping out the Phantom like a m************ midget

Rick Ross (ft. GUNPLAY, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Stalley & Wale) – “Power Circle”:
I might as well put all my killers in YSL
Put my voice on this microphone, put you p**** n***** through hell

ScHoolboy Q (ft Ab-Soul) – “Druggys Wit H*** Again”:
Hmm, Backwoods, that good, high as hell
YSL, n****, rack me out, rack me out, I say rack me out!

ScHoolboy Q – “Gangsta In Designer (No Concept)”:
YSL see the logo on my zipper broad
Servin me she goin down yeah I had to tip her

Sean Kingston (ft. Nicki Minaj) – “Letting Go (Dutty Love)”:
It’s YSL daddy
I ain’t gotta spell it

Skyzoo (ft. Jared Evans) – “Realization”:
Any means, catching finish lines in a quicker reach
Yves Saint Laurent helped ’em get to get me
We just made it all and it’s all just the centerpiece
Playing middle ground like if this is what it gets to be

The 6th Letter – “420 AM”:
Of that YSL: Young Sex Life
Your b**** on my d***
Probably ’cause she know I’m fly as hell

Tyga (ft. Chris Brown) – “G S***”:
YSL fly as hell with them french tips
Let’s hit the water set sail give me french kisses

Tyga – “I’m So Raw”:
Fly n****, I dont wear it if it’s in the mall
Seen it on the blogs, These m************ cost
Yves Saint Laurent, You can tell by the fonts

Vinny Cha$e (ft. Theophilus London) – “Best Of The Best”:
YSL, the best of the best things
YSL, the best of the best things
500 Bentley, 500 Bentley

Wale (ft. Fabolous & Rick Ross) – “Albert Pujols”:
They asking me what I wear, I think YSL is how it’s spelled
And I might just let you touch it if you don’t go tell ’em how I felt


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