Can listening to rap music help you save money?

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We all know that money struggles are a normal and expected part of student life. Aloe Blacc’s lyrics, ‘I need a dollar dollar, a dollar is what I need’, are all too relatable sometimes. That’s why we’re making the most of National Student Money Week by sharing the lyrics of five rap songs (OK, four, plus a cheeky Destiny’s Child hit) that could actually help save you save dollar. Who knew that rap could be so useful?

Mo Money Mo Problems by The Notorious B.I.G.

Notorious B.I.G.

It can be overwhelming when your student loan payment first appears in your bank account and you’ve never felt so rich in your life! Suddenly you have more money than you know what to do with. If you still have some left after rent comes out, it can be a good idea to transfer some money to a savings account so that you (take a guess) don’t spend it all at once. Then you’ll avoid the ‘problems’ that The Notorious B.I.G. warns us about. Smart.

Racks by YC

YC

As YC helpfully reminds us, you are allowed to spend money! As long as you make sensible purchases, there’s nothing wrong with buying things you want or need. Some things are worth investing in, such as a uni bag that won’t break as soon as you put your ridiculously heavy course books in it. Money well spent.

Bills, Bills, Bills by Destiny’s Child

Destiny's Child

You know that one flatmate or friend who always forgets to pay you back? Sure, lending a bit of money to a close friend is fine every once in a while but, if you never seem to get your cash back, maybe it’s time to channel your inner Destiny’s Child and take charge of the situation. Make a list of everything you’ve paid for that week, so you can keep track of your spending and who owes you what. Sorted.

Burn by Meek Mill ft. Big Sean

Big Sean

Follow Big Sean’s example and look out for student deals and discounts on both emails and apps, such as Student Beans or UNiDAYS. Subscribe to websites and enter as many competitions as you can – after all, someone has to win them! Student discounts may not be worth a ‘million dollars’ (where is Big Sean getting these deals?) but they can certainly help.

Make It Rain by Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne has the right idea here – using your talents and skills to make some money whilst studying can be incredibly rewarding. You may not be able to rap like Lil Wayne, but everyone has a talent to monetise. If academia is your thing, you could tutor GCSE or A-level students in your spare time. Alternatively, if you’re more musically inclined, you could play functions or events to make some cash. Whatever your talent, making use of it can help your confidence, as well as your bank balance! Bonus.