With Kevin Hart’s relationship flick Think Like A Man about to hit theaters on April 20th, we realized not every guy goes about his love life the same way and taking cues from the Think Like… cast and/or your friends can leave you calling “Tyrone” from a payphone. Although rappers might seem like the wrong group of people to get advice from on the topic, you’d be surprised how many MCs have seen success by opening up about their love life.
By setting aside their machismo and doling out helpful tips, artists not only separate themselves from the pack, but also turn their sentimental side into a pretty penny along the way. So, as both a reminder that rappers aren’t always as hard-headed as they let on and to hopefully help some flustered fellows along the way, here are ten top picks for rappers talking relationships.
1. Slick Rick – “Teenage Love”
Every one of us had someone in our younger years who we preemptively fell for. However, with young romance typically comes broken, feeble hearts, as well. So, as a heads up to all the young lovers out there, Slick Rick used one of his Great Adventures to warn susceptible minds that baby-faced relationships typically don’t end up the way you think they will.
2. The Roots Feat. Erykah Badu & Eve – “You Got Me”
In between haunting hooks from Ms. Badu, Black Thought elaborates on the intricacies that perspire when you’re stuck in a long-distance relationship, specifying how trust is simply the only way such a bond can last.
3. TiRon & Ayomari – “All My Love”
Coming from T&A’s critically-acclaimed Suckers For Pumps project, this breaks-driven jam finds the Cali duo attempting to help a fine-tuned female break free from her half-assin’ man. The thought is quite nice, but we’re pretty sure there may be ulterior motives involved.
4. Trick Daddy Feat. Trina – “Nann”
We don’t know if Trick Daddy and the 305’s baddest chick we’re actually dating, but on this occasionally ineligible radio killer from 1998, the Slip-N-Slide OG reminds his homegirl that no one’s going to treat her quite as good as he can.
5. DMX Feat. Faith Evans – “How’s It Goin’ Down”
Not any lady can coexist in a relationship with The Dark Man. However, on this crossover narrative from his debut album, It’s Dark & Hell Is Hot, the law-bending pitbull-lover opened up about a ride or die side-chick he fell for, but eventually told to go back to her man when things got heated. Knowing how DMX’s next decade transpired, we’re sure she’s better off.
6. Truth Hurts Feat. Rakim – “Addictive”
Before falling off the face of the earth, Truth Hurts hooked up with The God MC and knocked out this tale of neighborhood love that tore radio up in 2002. Over a Hindu-inspired DJ Quik beat, the two speak on how the tough love their relationship coasts on is what keeps them together.
7. Common – “The Light”
Opting to right the wrongs of relationships past, Common used a heart-warming Jay Dee beat to deliver this letter to a former prize who simply deserved better. We don’t know for sure if they ended up together, but the song signaled a change in direction for the Chicago MC’s music and was eventually nominated for a Grammy.
8. Drake – “Best I Ever Had”
We all know Drizzy isn’t tied down. But, on his breakout single, the YMCMB crooner talked about his ties to a prized jump-off and pointed out all the specifics that took her to the top of the list. Ladies, take note.
9. Kanye West – “Heartless”
Although public opinion on Yeezy’s 808 & Heartbreaks was wavering, the album’s stand-out single had fans wondering who the Dr. Evil to his Austin Powers was. Whoever the femme fatale happened to be though, we’ll assume she wasn’t the only one dealing out the winter winds.
10. Method Man Feat. Mary J. Blige – “I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By”
One of the most notable love songs hip-hop has ever produced, this reworked version of Marvin Gaye & Tammy Terrell’s classic let lovers know romance isn’t essential in a relationship, if you’re down for simply down for one another through the thick and thin.