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Hip-Hop artists are known for their raw, raunchy, and metaphorical lyrics in the industry. Some have produced party anthems that are considered to be classics to this day. However, throughout the years rap artists are willing to produce records that fans can relate to on a personal level. But the countdown focuses on the saddest and turbulent moments in their life. From Eminem, Nas, Ludacris, T.I and many more talk about death, family, their childhood, or societal issues in the world. As you can see, rappers have a softer side to them.
Every tough dude needs to be someone's baby, no matter how we try to cover it up- DMX. And DMX is right! Hip-Hop artists use their lyrics as way to reveal their hurt, agony, and pain they feel inside of their hearts. This exercise has been helpful for artists such as Eminem. He is not afraid to talk about the relationship he has with his daughter, ex-wife, fans, or personal demons he had to overcome in life.
But these are the top ten saddest hip-hop songs that fans voted. Enjoy but most importantly, pay attention to the delivery and lyrics in these songs!
10. Ludacris ft Mary J. Blige- "Runaway Love" The song is about three young women's troubling lives. One girl is living in a dysfunctional household and she feels lost and lonely. The second girl friends is murdered from a drive-by and the last one is looking for love in all of the wrong places. And the only resolution they come up with is run away from their problems.
9. T.I ft Justin Timberlake- "Dead and Gone"- The song was dedicated to T.I's late friend, Phil. Phil was killed from a shooting in a nightclub. The guys in the nightclub were trying to hurt T.I and his crew that night. T.I felt totally responsible for Phil's death because he took the bullet for him. And also in the song, T.I is ready to say goodbye to his troubled past and move on in his life. He said, "The old me is dead and gone."
8. "Song Cry"- Jay- Z- Jay-Z's "Song Cry," is about the love of his life leaving him because he got caught up with the money and fame in the rap industry. It's shocking to him because she was supposed to stick by him no matter what which is true. However, Jay-Z was too blind to see his woman's hurt due to his neglect, infidelity, and lack of support. He said in the song, "I have to live with the fact that I did you wrong forever."
7. "All that I Got is You"- Ghostface killah ft Mary J. Blige - Ghostface killah collaborated with the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige about his early beginnings before he became as a rapper. His world was full of poverty but he realized he was rich in spirit. Also, Ghostface Killah recognized his mother's strength and ongoing love for him despite hard times. He also said it's important to remember where you came from because otherwise you won't know where you're going.
6. Bongs Thugs- N- Harmony- "Crossroads" - Bongs Thugs- N- Harmony wrote a song that acknowledges the dead "homies" they lost in their lives. And during that time, they lost their mentor, rapper, Eazy-E from the complications of AIDS.
5. "Brenda's Got a Baby"- Tupac
4. DMX- "Slippin'" - "Slippin" is about DMX's painful childhood, the ups and downs of drug addiction, and rapping was his golden ticket to success. He also appreciates his ex-wife, Tashera Simmons' loyalty to him throughout the years.
3. Nas- "Dance" - Nas' mother died from breast cancer and it was a difficult time for the rapper. His mother was the most pivotal person in his life. After her death he wasn't sure if he wanted to pursue a career in rapping anymore. But Nas recognized his mother's outlook for him and started to record the song, "Dance."
2. Diddy ft. Faith Evans & 112- "I'll Be Missing You" - Diddy dedicated the song, to the late Christopher "Biggie" Wallace. He was killed in March 1997 and it was one of the most saddest days in hip-hop. And Diddy felt forlorn after his loss. But, he found the strength and courage to write a song about his late friend with Biggie's widow, Faith Evans and 112. Biggie is truly missed in hip-hop but his legacy will forever live on.
1. Eminem ft Dido- "Stan" - Stan is about a man that is so obsessed with Eminem and his stardom to fame. He thinks Eminem should cater to him first and foremost. And Stan starts to abandon his family and treat his girlfriend like dirt. And his obsession for Slim leads to mass destruction. He kills himself on the driveway because he didn't receive the love and attention from Eminem. The overall message of the song is that you should not worship rappers or musicians. They should not be your main focus because you have to live your life.