Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on from the bench during the preseason game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
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16 Best Tom Brady References In Hip-Hop

Brady might be leaving the Patriots but his will power still inspires the best in the rap game.

On Tuesday (March 17), superstar quarterback Tom Brady announced he will be leaving the New England Patriots, the team he led to nine Super Bowl appearances and six championships.

Brady made the announcement on social media stating, "it is time for me to open a new stage for my life and career.” While he doesn't know what his "football future" holds, his relationships with Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and Pat's owner Robert Kraft are still solid.

Another solid moment we can enjoy is the many times our favorites in the game have referenced the quarterback. From Drake to the late Pop Smoke, rappers have named dropped Brady to demonstrate their status in rap and beyond.

Check out just some of our favorite references to Brady in rap below.


16. "Wild Thots" - A Boogie wit da Hoodie featuring Fabolous (2017)

Lyrics: "You can't buy class, I bought a new Mercedes/Came back on them birds, I'm the new Tom Brady"

15. "Pat Swyaze" - Yung Gravy (2016)

Lyrics: "Oh baby, that beat so f****n' wavy/ You callin' up yo girl, she said "sorry, I'm with Gravy"/Gravy known to keep a b***h wet like the Navy/Also known to throw that d**k like I'm Tom Brady"

14. "Do It Again" -Pia Mia featuring Chris Brown and Tyga (2015)

Lyrics: "Yeah, ah, bye baby, they ain't fly, baby/Looking at the whip frame, that's a nice 'Cedes/Used to throw it to me, like Tom Brady/With the long blonde hair, that's Marcia Brady"

13. "PTSD" - Pop Smoke (2019)

Lyrics: "I got a K for the cuz if he hit you/If I call Nappy Blue, he come and get you/Call Dread, that's the new Tom Brady/'Cause he be sendin' shots like it's missile"

12. "Cheat Code" - Rico Nasty & Kenny Beats featuring Baauer (2019)

Lyrics: "Rico, are you crazy? I don't know, maybe (Woah)/Take the air out you, Tom Brady/I do this s**t on the daily, I don't ask for shit, I demand it"

11. "I Gotta Keep Winning" - Plies (2017)

Lyrics: "I always wanna be 'da boss, neva' wanna be the shooter/The bosses always had the money to broke ni**a was the shoot us/I ain't some Tom Brady and I ain’t Belichick/But I might have to buy another hand for all these rangs, bih"

10. "Champion"- NAV featuring Travis Scott (2018)

Lyrics: "I'm goin' Tom Brady, ain't made no bad call/Just bought a new crib, old one was mad small/I triple my cup, I make it mad tall, mad tall"

9. "Pandemonium" - Rick Ross, Meek Mill & Wale (2011)

Lyrics: "Out of this 3rd Rock, n***a air it out I am on my Tom Brady, y’all n****s is Eric Crouch/What the bloodclot?/Tommie Frazier, f**k yourself"

8. "Too Bad" - Lil Kim (2019)

Lyrics: "I'ma shake it on him, shake it all around like a hula hoop/And now he wanna take me to Hawaii/And you know I'ma go, go and get it/Tom Brady, I'ma throw it, throw it back"

7. "Baby" - Eminem (2018)

Lyrics: "Nobody's crazy as Shady in an eighty million mile radius/I'm what Tom Brady is to the Patriots/To rap; I'm not a man, I'm a weapon who just happened"

6. "I'm So Groovy" - Future (2017)

Lyrics: "Tom Brady, Tony Snow (mhm) I just backdoored your ho (mhm)/Goin' brazy at the jeweler (mhm) I just suicide my doors (mhm)"

5. "Infrared"- Pusha T (2018)

Lyrics: Ferrari, my 40th, blew the candles out Tom Brady’d you ni**as, I had to scramble out, They be ridin' these waves, I pulled my sandals out, Jefe Latin my Grammy, I went the Spanish route

4. "Froze" - Meek Mill featuring Nicki Minaj and Lil Uzi Vert (2016)

Lyrics: I get it now dudes is mad at these 80 M's/Twenty twelve I was balling like Tom Brady then

3. "Yes Indeed" - Lil Baby and Drake (2018)

Lyric: Young Money Records, the Army, the Navy/ They ran me ten thousand, I threw it like Brady

2. "SMUCKERS" - Tyler, The Creator (2015)

Lyrics: They say I'm crazy but that's the best thing going for me, You can't Lynch Marshawn, and Tom Brady throwin' to me

1. "My Name Is" - Lil Wayne (2015)

Lyrics: My name is, you know what my name is b***h, I'm famous, like Tom Brady
And hi, your name is? Not important

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Self-isolation during the coronavirus outbreak seems to be best practice in keeping our families and peers safe but it's also a shift in our normal social behavior. As millions of families around the country get adjusted to self-isolation, the state of our mental health and how our bodies react to the practice are changing by the day, especially lower-income and marginalized groups.

Speaking with Wired, John Vincent, a clinical psychologist at the University of Houston, shared how apathetic behavior can rise to the forefront, making space for anxiety and depression.

“People start getting lethargic when they don’t have positive inputs into their small worlds,” Vincent says. “We can expect depression to kick in, and depression and anxiety are kissing cousins.”

But the biggest reason behind the uneasiness isn't the self-isolation but just how long it will last. Details of COVID-19 are changing by the day with the most cases now coming out of New York. Yet, there's still little to no information on what happens next.

“Open, transparent, consistent communication is the most important thing governments and organizations can do: Make sure people understand why they are being quarantined first and foremost, how long it is expected to last,” Samantha Brooks of King’s College London told the outlet. “A huge factor in the negative psychological impact seems to be confusion about what's going on, not having clear guidelines, or getting different messages from different organizations.”

Uncertainty hitting low income and marginalized groups is also a problem within itself. As virtual parties and celebrities opening up on social media happen on a daily, there are people who might not access fun distractions on the web.

“Some people have posited technology as a means of connecting people, but lower-income groups might not even have FaceTime or Skype or minutes on their phone,” Thomas Cudjoe, a geriatrician researching the intersection of social connections and aging at Johns Hopkins University says. “People take that for granted, using their devices can be a strain on people’s incomes.”

To make self-isolation less than a bore or a daunting task, experts suggest creating a schedule to dictate control in your home.

1. Work It Out

Gyms are closed, but your home can be transformed into a personal training center. Use heavy bags for weights and if you can, create a playlist of workouts on YouTube. For those who have memberships for Blink or Peloton, the platforms have streamed their workouts on apps.

2. Mindful Meditation

Meditation isn't about dumping your thoughts, it's about staying aware and mindful. AQUA has developed online that leverages the power of "Mindful Meditation and Mobility Movements" for flexibility and fluidity in the body. Classes are free of charge but feel free to donate.

3. Take It Back To High School

Give your friends a call or indulge in a FaceTime party. Feel free to use the Wifi in your home to reduce the amount of data used on your phone. Lala Anthony held a too-cute FT birthday party for writer Kiyonna Anthony with a 70s theme. You can also find creative ways to hop on the phone with friends and family instead of constantly chatting about 'rona.


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4. Start A Journal

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5. Have a Dance Party or Enjoy Lo-Fi Beats To Quarantine To

If you don't have data or battery power to watch a virtual DJ party, make your own. If you have to pull out your record player, do it! You can also hop on your favorite streaming service and create a playlist all your own.

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The COVID-19 outbreak has shifted the lives of millions as self-isolation has become a brief normal. With students and some people working from home, many folks have also seen a vast change in their finances.

The latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows increases in claims for jobless benefits for the week of March 14 with California taking the top spot with 58,208 claims, District of Columbia second at 16,120; Washington state third, with 14,846 and North Carolina rounding out the top four at 14,413.

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Below are some tips from the gym as well as your favorite hip-hop songs to keep you accountable and financially healthy.


1. Scale Back On Extra Expenses

Non-essentials like to hide in plain sight. If there is a service you no longer need but still pay for, now is the best time to cut the cord and pad your bank account.

2. Create An Emergency Fund (If You Don't Have One)

According to Finder, the US average of savings accounts in 2019 was $16,420 with the median savings account holding $4,830. It can be very difficult to keep a savings account due to unexpected expenses but it doesn't hurt an emergency fund for rainy days.

“If you think we’re heading into a recession and you want to be extra safe, then you may increase your emergency savings to 8 months or longer,” suggests Shannon McLay, founder of The Financial Gym.

If this isn't realistic, adapt to your salary and build from there.

3. Don't Forget About D.E.B.T

If you have to adjust payments to fit your current situation, do so. The one thing that can harm you, is ignoring a bill. It won't go away until you make it.

Also, check-in with your bank. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, banks have waived fees and other costs. For example, Ally Bank is waiving fees for overdrafts, excessive transactions for savings and money market accounts for 120 days with expedited shipping of checks and debit cards. They've also pledged $3 million to help the communities where their employees live and work, with special hometown locations of Detroit and Charlotte.

4. Have Some Talents? Use Them!

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5. Look Back On Life Goals

If you're planning on taking a big vacation or making a big purchase, put it on hold. “If your life goals are between two and five years, then you may want to think about a more conservative asset allocation, depending on your risk tolerance,” says Shannon. “However, if you’re life goals are beyond five years out, then the best thing you’re going to do is avoid looking at your statements, watching CNBC, and doing anything rash like selling at the wrong time.” Sure her sentiments were for facing a recession but the gospel applies here.

6. Sell Gently Used Items Online

'Tis the season for spring cleaning. While you're at it, you should empty your closet and fill your pockets. From electronics to gently worn shoes, clothes or accessories, feel free to turn your possessions into gems for the next person.

Also a tip from The Financial Gym:

Since you want to avoid conducting pick-up arrangements, you’ll want to sell on a platform where shipping is the standard. A few places to sell your pre-loved items online include, eBay and ThredUP, buy-sell-trade Facebook groups, and Gazelle for electronics. Just make sure your listed price accounts for costs, like platform fees, PayPal fees, and shipping.

7. Purge Your Photo Library...For Cash

We take a lot of photos we never share. Instead of letting them collect digital dust, sell your images of that sunset in Bali or crowd photos from Afrochella to sites like Shutterstock and iStock Photo.

8. Take Online Surveys

Platforms like Swagbucks and Survey Junkie provide cash for your time but don't quit your day job. Taking surveys online requires a lot of time so don't dump it all there.

9. Prepare For The Next "Pandemic"

Nipping the excess now only makes you a stronger financial warrior in the future. In addition to securing your pockets, accountability is a great quality you will likely spread to other aspects of your life.

10. Join The Financial Gym

The Financial Gym is currently offering a 20 percent discount to join. To get started schedule a consultation call here. All their events in NYC and D.C. are currently virtual experiences through the end of March.

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