Goines's writing has had an impact upon several people, with several rappers inserting mentions of Goines and his writing into their lyrics. In his 1996 song Tradin' War Stories , rapper 2Pac writes " Machiavelli was my tutor, Donald Goines my father figure".  On the Real Brothas album by hip-hop duo . Knocc Out & Dresta , the second one mentioned the author by rapping "take a good look because you're looking at a crook / my life done been took, right outta Donald Goines' book".  " Ludacris mentions Goines in his 2006 song Eyebrows Down .  AZ compares himself to Donald Goines' work in "Rather Unique," with the line, "Your mind's boggled but I'm as deep as Donald Goines' novels." Nas also named the song "Black Girl Lost" on his sophomore album It Was Written after the book by Goines. The New York rap trio Cru had a song called "Goines Tale" where all of Donald's book titles were incorporated into the song's lyrics. Rapper Jadakiss also references Goines in the Sheek Louch song "Mighty D-Block (2 Guns Up)" with the lyrics "Yo, the revolve' or the mati's cool, Knife game like Daddy Cool's, since Bally Shoes".