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Instagram came on the scene in 2010 and ushered in an era of viral visual culture. For its over 300 million users, Instagram isn't just an app, it's a verb that expresses the act of curating and consuming the best aesthetic moments of your and your friends' lives. Hip-hop artists have taken note of Instagram's dominance. Rappers have been dropping references to popular technology into their rhymes since color T.V. and pager code, but lately they seem to have a particular obsession with Instagram and its conveniently suggestive 'double tap' interface. Are the lyrics on point or just plain corny? Take a listen to these ten recent songs that immortalize Instagram in their lyrics and decide for yourself.


1. Sweatpants, Childish Gambino

Different color, my passport, Instagram my stack load
Hashtag my day wear and your girl drink my day care

2. Girls Love Rihanna, Jacquees

Cause those other boys are practice
And this ain't no time for acting
And this ain't no time for games
And this ain't no time for Instagram
And this ain't no time for locking your phone
And hiding your message when you doing wrong
And I'm in the zone

3. Somewhere in America, Jay Z

Might crash ya Internet
And I ain't even into that
When I was talking Instagram
Last thing you wanted was your picture snapped

4. Instagram, DeStorm

We like hold up, damn, somebody get the cam

We looking so good, we should be on Instagram

5. Daughters, Nas

This morning I got a call, nearly split my wig
This social network said "Nas go and get ya kid"
She's on Twitter, I know she ain't gon post no pic
Of herself underdressed, no inappropriate shit, right
Her mother cried when she answered
Said she don't know what got inside this child's mind, she planted
A box of condoms on her dresser then she Instagrammed it
At this point I realized I ain't the strictest parent

6. Yoncé, Beyonce

And every girl in here gotta look me up and down
All on Instagram, cake by the pound
Circulate the image every time I come around

7. All Gold Everything, Trinidad James

Shout out to them freshmen,

on Instagram straight flexin

8. iNSTAGRAM, RiFF RAFF x DJ Noodles

(one year later…)

On Instagram straight flexin

On Instagram straight flexin

On Instagram straight flexin

9. Blood on the Leaves, Kanye West

She Instagram herself like "Bad bitch alert"
He Instagram his watch like "Mad rich alert"

10. Double Tap, Jordin Sparks

(this entire song is one long double entendre)

Cara Rose DeFabio is a pop addicted, emoji fluent, transmedia artist, focusing on live events as an experience designer for Real Future.

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