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The Best Rap Songs About Love

20.03.2019

Yes, you read it right, the best rap songs about love.

When we hear or think of the phrase, ‘rap songs’, our minds are never pointed towards rap songs about love and emotional sentiments.
Instead, our minds are automatically projected towards gangster rap songs or rap songs that talk about money, power, respect and not to mention, women and the thug life in general.

Although there are a lot of hardcore rappers, each with their individual styles of hardcore rap, there are also a lot of rappers from this same class who have surprised us with equally smooth and catchy lyrical rhymes; love rap songs.
Rap love songs that have evident and emotional messages.

Get ready to be pleased and also prepare for a ride down memory lane as we present you with a lovey-dovey, but bad-ass rap experience with the best rap songs about love for your listening pleasure.

Grab your good headphones.

What’s on Your Mind?, Eric B. & Rakim

Album: Don’t Sweat the Technique
Year: 1992

On ‘What’s on your mind’, listen as Rakim tells the story of how he met a girl on the subway while he was going to Brooklyn, the process of wooing her and making her his love. ‘What’s on your mind’ is one of the earliest rap songs about love and it was performed by the American rap duo Eric B. & Rakim. The rap song was also the soundtrack for the comedy ‘House Party 2’.

Renee, Lost Boyz

Album: Legal Drug Money
Year: 1996

If you ever watched ‘Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood’, then you will surely remember the song ‘Renee’ by Lost Boyz, the soundtrack for the movie. Mr Cheeks of Lost Boyz raps about a woman he wants to be in a relationship with called Renee, an aspiring lawyer, who was killed in a store robbery. The romantic rap song is a tribute to her.

I Need Love, LL Cool J

Album: Bigger and Deffer
Year: 1997

A very young and baby-faced LL Cool J serenades us with one of the best rap songs about love, I Need Love. The song is the second single from his album, ‘Bigger and Deffer’, and in 1988, it won the Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap Single. As Ladies Love Cool James, it will be a crime if this dope love song is omitted from the list of best rap songs about love.

How’s It Goin’ Down, DMX

Album: It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot
Year: 1998

DMX features Faith Evans on this rap love song, ‘How’s it goin’ down’ and it is one of the most sentimental rap songs ever. Here, DMX raps about meeting and having an affair with her, his love interest’s boyfriend attacking him, and him dissolving the relationship and telling her to go back to her boyfriend.

Do for Love, Tupac Shakur

Album: R U Still Down?
Year: 1998

“What you won’t do, do for love
You tried everything, but you don’t give up
What you won’t do, do for love
You tried everything, but you don’t give up…”

Tupac explains things he did for a love interest with this rap song about love. Before the song was released, it was initially called ‘Sucka 4 Luv’.

Gotta Man, Eve

Album: Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders’ First Lady
Year: 1999

“Gotta man that I think I’m gonna love forever
And forever, we’ll be together …”

Ruff Ryders’ First Lady Eve gave us one of the best rap songs about love in 1999 called ‘Gotta man’. The rap love song produced by Swizz Beatz shows that there is more to Eve than being a tomboy and focuses her feminine side as she proudly raps about having a boyfriend.

Put It On Me, Ja Rule

Album: Venni Vetti Vecci
Year: 1999

The way Ja Rule’s voice starts out from the first verse of the song will leave you with goosebumps anytime you listen to his rap love song, ‘Put it on me’, featuring Vita, a female rapper with Murder Inc.
The song ‘Put it on me’ can also be heard on the soundtrack for the award-winning movie, ‘The fast and the furious’

The Light, Common

Album: Like Water for Chocolate
Year: 2000

If by any chance you are looking for the best rap songs about love or emotional feelings, Common has got you covered with his rap song, ‘The light’.
This smooth rap song is a declaration of love and respect by Common for his former girlfriend, Erykah Badu. He also featured her on the remix of the same song for the soundtrack of the movie, ‘Bamboozled’.
‘The light’ is a must-have for your rap love song playlist.

Into You, Fabolous

Album: Street Dreams.
Year: 2003

‘Into you’ by Fabolous is a rap love song based on Tamia’s single ‘So into you’, which was released in 1998. With the version by Fabolous, his original features Ashanti on the vocals while the commercial version has Tamia, who gives us the very best vocals.
‘Into you’ is one of the best rap songs about love and it has a mid-tempo R&B chorus that so catchy.

21 Questions, 50 Cent

Album: Get Rich or Die Tryin’
Year: 2003

Let us go down memory lane with 50 Cent’s ‘21 questions’ from the 2000s.
50 Cent features Nate Dogg, who delivers on the vocals and it is undeniable that with both their diverse styles, a collaboration between both of them always will be epic and they did not disappoint.
The song, ‘21 questions’, questions loyalty between two people who are interested in each other and it is one of the best rap songs about love to date.

One Call Away, Chingy

Album: Jackpot
Year: 2003

The guitar playing on Chingy’s ‘One call away’ gives this rap song about love a sweet, weighty feeling.
‘One call away’ portrays a man who loves a girl so much to the extent of his friends calling him weak. The man doesn’t care because he knows he can always just pick up the phone and call her when he can’t be with her physically

Beautiful, Snoop Dogg

Album: Paid Tha Cost to Be da Bo$$
Year: 2003

Beautiful is one of the best rap songs about love and beauty, and it is by none other than OG Snoop Dogg. The hit song features Pharrell Williams, who takes the catchy vocals to another level while adding ‘Neptune-ish’ vibes to the song. Beautiful is not the first song with a Snoop Dogg/ Pharrell collaboration, but it is undoubtedly one of our favourites

Talk About Our Love, Brandy

Album: Afrodisiac
Year: 2004

Brandy and Kanye West come together to create one of the most popular rap love songs of the 2000s, Talk About Our Love, which career highlight for both artists. The 2004 jam samples “Gilly Hines”, Mandrill’s 1978 song. The song Talk About Our Love talks about a relationship that has insufficient support by family and friends and people meddling in their lives.

Like you, Bow Wow

Album: Wanted
Year: 2005

Bow Wow features Ciara on this joint and all we can say is wow! From the lyrics to the balance in their sounds, all on point! The sweet and romantic song is about two people living close by and who have feelings for each other but have respective partners. They end up singing about how they feel for each other.

I Wanna Love You, Akon

Album: Konvicted
Year: 2006

‘I wanna love you’ is another Snoop Dogg collaboration that this time involves Senegalese-American singer Akon. Both artists do not have any problems telling a girl they met dancing at the club their exact feelings. ‘I wanna love you’ is also found on Snoop Dogg’s album, ‘Tha blue carpet treatment’ as well as being Akon’s first number 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Your Love, Nicki Minaj

Album: Barbie World
Year: 2010

Feel all the butterflies in your stomach as Nicki Minaj delivers a smooth vibe and sensual flows with her 2010 rap love song, Your Love.
Being one of the best rap songs about love that we have today, the rap ballad’s music video stars American actor Michael Jai White as Nicki Minaj’s love interest. The video tells of a female samurai student, who falls in love with her Master while fighting off a jealous rival, perfectly complements the lyrics of the song

Shawty, Piles

Album: The Real Testament
Year: 2007

Piles featured T-pain, who killed the vocals on ‘Shawty’, and samples Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1978 single, ‘Fantasy’. Playlists on rap songs about love were never complete without ‘Shawty’ being included in the 2000s. The overall combination of the beat, fantastic melody and T-Pain’s voice on the chorus makes ‘Shawty’ one of the best rap love songs ever.

Kiss Me Thru the Phone, Soulja Boy Tell’em

Album: iSouljaBoyTellem
Year: 2008

“Baby you know that I miss you
I wanna get with you tonight but I cannot baby girl
And that’s the issue, girl you know I miss you
I just wanna kiss you…”

Soulja Boy Tell’em features Sammie, an American singer, on this platinum hit rap love song.

Best I Ever Had, Drake

Album: So Far Gone
Year: 2009

Drake, the king of rap songs about love and emotions in the building!

The Canadian rapper released this rap love song as the third single from his album, ‘So far gone’. The song was also Drake’s highest charting single in the United States until ‘One dance’ knocked it off in 2016.

Love the Way You Lie, Eminem

Album: Recovery
Year: 2010

What happens when Rihanna and Eminem come together for a collaboration? An instant hit song is surely what happens! And no doubt did they deliver on what came to be one of the best rap songs about love of all time!!! Love the way you lie went on to win 8 awards between 2010 and 2011, including Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year at the Soul Train Music Awards in 2010.