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the best hip-hop love song ever

so, while driving back to pittsburgh after last week’s matchmaker event, my (the wire-loving) friend and i listened to different satellite radio rap stations the entire way, and were both utterly flabbergasted at how bad today’s mainstream hip-hop is. seriously, i’m usually not a “everything was better back in the day” type of guy, but after a couple verses from something called “waka flocka flame” almost gave me epilepsy, there’s really nothing else i can say.

as we neared pittsburgh, drake’s “best i ever had” came on, and the following conversation ensued:

friend: “who is this guy?” (the only “new” rapper my man knows about is kanye. seriously, talking hip-hop with him makes me feel like i’m back in 1997. all i’d need is a pair of fatigues and a red jansport and i’d be right back in homeroom)

champ: “new cat named drake. why?”

friend: “i can actually understand what he’s saying. if i was a 13 year old girl, i’d love this song”

champ: “that’s easily the gayest thing you’ve said all day. you need to quit playing them away games”

friend: “the game’s out there, manye. you either play or get played”

anyway, remembering this conversation and the subject matter of “best i’ve ever had” got me thinking: what’s the best hip-hop love song ever made? to be honest with you, i’m not exactly sure…but, i do have nine nominees.

***note: on my list, “love” doesn’t just encapsulate romantic love. the songs i’ve listed run the gamut from romantic and platonic to even inanimate object. also, just in case another batch of people completely unable to not take themselves seriously happen to “discover” vsb today, i want to remind everyone to remove the sphincter poles and realize that these nominees are just reflections of my own personal whims and remembrances***

“sweet love” (method man, featuring street love and cappadonna)

one of the reasons why i’ve love the wu so much is that they’re completely and utterly unafraid to take artistic chances. from ghost spitting that his “rhymes are like ziti” to the rza’s perpetual (and occasionally annoying) experimentation, you literally have no idea what the hell you’ll hear when listening to a wu album. this fact is evident the first verse of “sweet love“, when street life rhymes about having sex with his girlfriend while he’s driving his car. not head. sex. while. driving.

later in the song, cappadonna spits his infamous “love is love, love. love is love, love” line (which i later immortalized with a left arm tat) and method man delivers a verse than i actually cut and pasted and sent as a poem to a woman i was involved with, lying that i wrote it myself because i knew she’d never listen to the song.

***btw, by “was involved with” i mean “totally had an unrequited crush for“. the “poem” didn’t help. a couple weeks later, i got even more desperate and cut and pasted an inspectah deck verse. this worked. and by “this worked” i mean, “i finally got some from her four years later“***

“you got me” (the roots, featuring erykah badu and eve)

from the storyline and the chorus to eve’s verse and the fatalistic feel of the end of the song, everything about this track is perfect. btw, speaking of perfect, if i had to rank “impressive and envy-worthy beards”, black thought’s would definitely be 1st, jerome bettis’, would be 2nd and paul pierce’s would be 295th.

“passin’ me by” (the pharcyde)

along with radiohead’s “creep” and “friends zone” by 88 keys and shitake monkey, this song perfectly represents the gamut of emotions men go through when faced with unrequited love. plus, it’s one of the 10 or so songs that any self-respecting hip-hop head knows all of the words to. and, if you need a surefire way to make hipster chicks swoon, tweet a line from fatlips verse at least once a day.

“me and my girlfriend” (tupac)

i’m including it because, well, i don’t know if i ever loved anything as much as tupac claimed to love his gun. well, maybe cookies and cream milkshakes, but that’s about it

“full moon” (killarmy)

probably the first real surprise entry on the list, i nominated “full moon” because of the depth of the brotherly bond for a murdered friend that killa sin expresses in the song’s second verse. i still get chills today when i hear him say “we went back far, like acorn fights around the swings”.

“undying love” (nas)

arguably the best story from hip-hop’s best storyteller, “undying love” deals with a rather, ummm, extreme reaction to finding out that your loved one was unfaithful. is also one of the only “story” songs where each of the characters involved is dead by the end. basically, it’s a great song to have on your boning mixtape.

“how’s it going down” (dmx)

for no other reason than the fact that i say “since you gave me the p*ssy, your ass has gotten fatter” in dmx’s voice (in my head) to my girlfriend at least once a week.

“love is blind” (eve featuring faith evans)

i had a “why it made the cut” summary written out, but i deleted it when i realized that it was completely panderific. the only reason this song is here is because i realized i hadn’t named any female rappers and wanted to be subversive by not going with  salt and pepa’s perfunctory “gotta man”.

“renee” (the lost boyz)

i won’t say that the video still brings tears to my eyes when renee gets shot, but i will say that i haven’t watched it in over 10 years just because of that possibility. maybe this makes me a punk, but seriously, renee didn’t have to die. why the hell did renee have to die????

anyway people of vsb, i’m sure i’m missing a few (hundred). what else would you nominate for the best hip-hop love song ever?

—the champ

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Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a contributing editor for EBONY.com. He resides in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes.

  • http://www.pinchmycheekie.blogspot.com Cheekie

    “I Used To Love H.E.R.” – Common

    ““love is blind” (eve)”

    The music video of this song used to piss me off because of that scene (I think at the beginning) where everyone was gathered around the room, hanging out, then abusive dude starts to straight mollywhop his chick. There were dudes there and one proceeds to sit there and shake his head. Yeah, I’m sure shaking your head will prevent bruising…

    Thanks for allowing me to get that out.

    • SmartFoxGirl

      Dammit Cheekie!!

      • http://www.pinchmycheekie.blogspot.com Cheekie

        My bad homie. What’s funny is that I was washing my face and ish and just knew I wouldn’t be first, you know givin’ folks time to shine. Because sharing is caring (unless it’s the herp). So I took my damn time, then left my comment and…first I was.

        Number 1. I can hear it calling meeeeee.

        • SmartFoxGirl

          I wasn’t trying either. I was online and watching tv..realized it was after midnight and said to myself…self, go see what champ has posted on vsb…then I saw there was no comment yet and almost fell off my couch.

        • SmartFoxGirl

          I thought maybe you were hurt, or in the hospital, or with panda…

          • http://www.pinchmycheekie.blogspot.com Cheekie

            “I thought maybe you were hurt, or in the hospital, or with panda…”

            And the order you typed those possibilities is apt, because with each possibility, it gets worse and worse…

    • Andi

      Re: Cheekie’s firstness

      How does she do it?….. o_O

      • SmartFoxGirl

        and she typed a paragraph at that…smh The world may never know

      • http://www.pinchmycheekie.blogspot.com Cheekie

        “How does she do it?….. o_O”

        I’m down with OPP.

    • Gem of the Ocean

      common’s “i used to love h.e.r.” HAS TO be on the list!!!! good job, cheeks

      • http://www.pinchmycheekie.blogspot.com Cheekie

        *daps Gemmie*

        Yes, ma’am. That one song alone sealed my love for Common. So brilliant.

      • http://www.thefriendraiser.com jenifer

        co-sign…you missed Comm Sense’s song…

        but i heard “She’s keeps on passing me by” yesterday and turned that mess up! the truth!

        but i gotta send you this lil tidbit…Hip Hop Artist Drake Going Green http://www.jackandjillpolitics.com/2010/06/hip-hop-artist-drake-going-green/

        even. more. ladies. now.

    • CleverScreenName

      Co-Sign on “I Used To Love H.E.R.” When I read the words “hip-hop love song” my mind instantly went to the line “About my people, she was teachin’ me. By not preachin to me, but speakin to me in a method that was leisurely, so easily I approached…” So great. In fact, I’m going to add in “Ode to Hip-Hop (AKA Love of my life)” by Erykah Badu and Common, mostly because I love I used to love H.E.R. so much. By the way, does anybody know what the H.E.R. stands for? I never did figure that one out.

      -CSN

      • http://ecstaticfreshness.com AkShone

        “By the way, does anybody know what the H.E.R. stands for?”

        H.E.R. means “Hearing Every Rhyme”

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Used_to_Love_H.E.R.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

        “So great. In fact, I’m going to add in “Ode to Hip-Hop (AKA Love of my life)” by Erykah Badu and Common”

        good choice. i personally like the version on “things fall apart” a bit better though

    • http://natashasjourney-natasha.blogspot.com Natasha

      “I Used To Love H.E.R.” – Common

      BEST EVER!!!

    • http://liferequiresmorechocolate.com Tiffany

      Yep that was a Common fav. Champs list pretty good. I still play You got me with J. Scott singing the hook.

      Peace, Love and Chocolate
      Tiffany

  • SmartFoxGirl

    I was trying to be first. Was watching the Hangover and got distracted

    • http://www.pinchmycheekie.blogspot.com Cheekie

      Understandable. It’s a lovely movie.

      • YGB

        Had to de-lurk just to cosign this!

        The 1 man wolf pack speech gets me everytime!

        • SmartFoxGirl

          He made the movie

    • IJstDntUnderstand

      The Hangover is my new favorite! I love every moment of it!

    • http://www.twitter.com/ethiopianboy That Damn African

      And we’re the three best friends that anyone could have…..We’re the three best friends that anyone could have….We’re the three best friends that anyone could have…..And we’ll never ever ever ever ever leave each other

      lmao

      • SmartFoxGirl

        LMFAO…my girls and I sang that song for a month after the movie came out…I’m telling you, he made the movie.

      • Sula

        “Hmmm…. this is Caesar’s palace… Does he actually live here?”

        LMAO

    • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

      “Not you, Fat Jesus.” Hangover is THAT movie!

      • http://www.twitter.com/livelovelibra L Boogie

        not up in here…

        NOT UP IN HERE!

        lol

      • SmartFoxGirl

        ah ha ha…he funny cause he fat!

        lmbo

        • ToneCapone

          Paging Dr. Fa55ot!! Dr. Fa55ot!!

          I still say this when i pull up to my homie’s house. Classic

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      sorry, but even after watching it twice i still maintain that i hated this f*cking movie.

      • SmartFoxGirl

        Is that even possible? You’re from planet DEEP, come up for air Champ.

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

          i love comedy like a fat kid loves cake. the 40 year old virgin might actually be on my top five all-time movies list, and i just watched anchorman wednesday night for the 38283rd time. but, the hangover just. isn’t. funny.

          seriously, i think people were laughing more at the anticipation/idea of funny than the actual funny. plus, a ton of people went to see this at the theater, and watching something with a bunch of people laughing in anticipation skews your perception of how funny something really is.

          again, i hated this f*cking movie.

          • SmartFoxGirl

            watching something with a bunch of people laughing in anticipation skews your perception of how funny something really is.

            Sounds like planet Deep to me. 40 year old virigin was funny. I loved the hangover so much I bought it on DVD. Seen it by myself about 4 times and still think it’s funny but I love comedies so I’m biased.

          • ksteez

            I agree. And I will not make myself watch it again to make sure it sucks. Too much pedophilia/child endangerment/othersuchnonsense type of “jokes” to me. In my Living Color Men on Film voice, Hated it!

          • http://www.pinchmycheekie.blogspot.com Cheekie

            “seriously, i think people were laughing more at the anticipation/idea of funny than the actual funny.”

            Nah, I purposely went into it like “Um, I bet it ain’t ALLA dat” (especially after you said it was a let down) and I cracked the hell up at various points. So, as usual, Champster, you are wrong.

          • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

            see, i’d bet that the people who first saw it at the theater are more likely to think it was funny than the people who first saw it on dvd. i hated that f*cking movie

          • Gem of the Ocean

            LOL im with cheeks. i had no expectations for this movie whatsoever. just looking at the cast alone was like “how funny could it be?”. i thought the movie was good and i really enjoyed it. its not HILARIOUS like anchorman or 4yov, but it definitely had me rollin at times. some jokes were just too force but thats ok. i thought the way the story unfolded was genius. and you never really SEE what all happens except for in snippets of a mike ty home security video and digital pictures. so all the running around trying to figure out what happened was very entertaining to me.

          • http://twitter.com/WuDaMan WuDaMan

            But did you see ‘Black Dynamite’?

          • http://www.pinchmycheekie.blogspot.com Cheekie

            “see, i’d bet that the people who first saw it at the theater are more likely to think it was funny than the people who first saw it on dvd. i hated that f*cking movie”

            Wrong again. I saw it on DVD and not even when the DVD was first released and thought it was hilarious. lol

            “thought the way the story unfolded was genius. and you never really SEE what all happens except for in snippets of a mike ty home security video and digital pictures. so all the running around trying to figure out what happened was very entertaining to me.”

            YES, this is my favorite thing about the movie. Not even the funny jokes. It’s how it managed to be super entertaining without you even seeing the events of the night until the credits rolled (and a few pics here and there throughout the movie). And even then, it wasn’t live-action. I thought that concept was great. And not easy to pull off.

          • http://www.twitter.com/ethiopianboy That Damn African

            Sorry Champ, I gotta disagree. Anchorman is one of my all-time favorite comedies & I’d never put that or a bunch of other movies over The Hangover, but that was a funny movie. Went to see it in theaters and couldn’t stop laughing (granted, you take out Zach Galifianakis and the movie is instantly mediocre). I can understand not thinking the movie was hilarious, but not thinking it was funny at all? No comprende.

    • Peyso

      Stu: “She is wearing my grandmother’s Holocaust ring.”
      Alan: “I didn’t know they gave out rings at the Holocaust.”

      hahahahahahahaha

      • Gem of the Ocean

        lmao i cant decide if its more funny that dude gave his gma’s holocaust ring to some slutty stranger or some one thinking the ring is a holocaust souvenir.

      • http://www.pinchmycheekie.blogspot.com Cheekie

        LMAO. YESSSS!

  • http://trintrinsez.blogspot.com trin-trin

    mos def & talib kweli
    brown skin lady
    beautiful ft. mary j. blige

    • Gem of the Ocean

      “brown skin lady” is def a good one!!

    • Beremore

      YESSSS!! Brown skin lady is THE most beautiful ode and expression of love to we brown skin ladies :-) definitely needs to be on the list. Also c/s to Common “I used to love HER” upthread.

  • SmartFoxGirl

    Okay back on subject…Pharcyde passin me by was a good one. My favorites weren’t always the popular ones. What about Tribe’s bonita applebaum? The lyrics were simple but as a teen I loved that song. I can’t think right now. It’s late for me. I’ll try to post something witty tomorrow.

    • Gem of the Ocean

      *nodding head* bonita, bonita, bonita.

    • Mrs. Dr. Evil

      “What about Tribe’s bonita applebaum?”

      This one is still on rotation with me. “And if you need ‘em I got CRAZY prophylactics!” LOVE IT

    • legitimate_soul

      Girl, you named classics! Even the video for “Passin’ Me By” was hot.

      • SmartFoxGirl

        Def and I loved the yelling in the chorus..and the horns.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      “My favorites weren’t always the popular ones. What about Tribe’s bonita applebaum?”

      i thought bonita applebaum was quite popular

      • SmartFoxGirl

        I lived in 2520ville my whole life..had no idea what was popular amongst my people. I had to drive w/ my cousins down to 163rd st (the hood) to get my mix tapes…I memorized most all of Tribe’s music. I loved them boys.

  • http://womanofcolor.wordpress.com brownivyx

    Lauryn Hill-Ex-Factor.

    I loved this song before I even understood what it was about.

    And then years later, I *really* loved this song.

    And the video is gorgeous…like a precursor to Avatar :-)

    • SmartFoxGirl

      Yes Lauryn Hill Ex Factor is number 1 def

    • Gem of the Ocean

      can that song even be considered hip hop? its all singing.

      • http://womanofcolor.wordpress.com brownivyx

        *shrugs*

        Depends on whether we’re talking about hip-hop the genre or hip-hop culture. And even then, I never really considered the genre of hip-hop to be confined to just rap, more of a mash-up of various musical styles…especially now (but that’s another discussion i suppose).

      • vampire in brooklyn

        to be fair, l-boogie did rap on the remix…

    • legitimate_soul

      It’s defintiely hip hop…not rap, but hip hop :)

    • AtypicalLibrarian

      I totally agree with the Ex-Factor. That song still takes me back to my high school sweet heart.

      Yesterday one of my work study students said that Lauryn Hill was old school! Old school? Mind you, the kid is only 18, but I still was trying to figure out if there was I way that I could fire him due to reverse age discrimination!

    • http://trintrinsez.blogspot.com trin-trin

      oooohhh ex factor and tell him….i can listen to those songs on repeat for forever and never get tired of them

      • AtypicalLibrarian

        trin-trin, this past January I played The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill every day in my car like it was 1998. That CD is timeless.

  • Andi

    Hmmm. Some favorites are
    “Hey Lover” by LL Cool J ft Boyz II Men

    Does “Prototype” count? I know 3 Stacks is singing, but he is a rapper…

    “Faithful” by Common

    But for best, I would have to second “You Got Me” by the Roots ft Eve and Eryka.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ethiopianboy That Damn African

      I was thinking about Prototype too. Didn’t know if it would fit in this discussion, but it’s up there for me.

      “I hope that you’re the one / If not, you are the prototype”

    • Mrs. Dr. Evil

      Prototype…love that one! (singing) I think I’m in loooooove, again.

    • http://www.nicknotnikki.blogspot.com Nick_L_Odeon

      i was thinking about “Ptototype” too.. and then hoped someone else would post it.. cuz i didn’t wanna get reamed for saying it..
      (pause..)

      • http://www.unepetitefillenoire.blogspot.com KayBeezy

        Prototype totally counts!
        Beautiful song and the music video kind of made me want to be an alien. Only a little.
        Would “Spread” count? Because I love that song and think it’s lovely as well.

    • thatchic

      @andi…But for best, I would have to second “You Got Me” by the Roots ft Eve and Eryka.

      this songs moves me everytime!

    • legitimate_soul

      According to my rules, Prototype counts! Not rap, but defintiely hip hop.

      • http://alovelydai.blogspot.com Alovelydai

        Hell YES!!!! “Protoype” counts. I’d wash dishes to that song I love it so!

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

          “I’d wash dishes to that song I love it so!”

          …………

  • TMA

    Um, I may be dating myself here, but on my list would be:

    “Bonita Applebaum” – ATCQ (and the video was great…although I remember there being a lot of girls in it who probably were just in it because they got “light-skinned points”; [I learned that term from reading VSB ;-)])

    “I Need Love” – LL Cool J (this is just a classic…LL baring his soul and well developed pectorals)

    “One Love” – Whodini (even though it’s not a love song per se, it does speak to some truths about love…basically, they talk about how they cheated and messed up their good things…as a [black] woman, I appreciate that kind of vulnerability)

    “A Teenage Love” – Slick Rick (again, not a mushy love song, but describes the realities of teen relationships…well, at least in the late 80s)

    “Silent Treatment” – The Roots

    “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” – Outkast (I mean, even at my age, I would still be flattered if a dude said I reminded him of a brown stallion horse with skates on. Oh, and they talk about “real life” relationship stuff…like not being able to get a job at UPS due to “cloudy piss.” That’s real talk, folk.)

    • Sasha

      That line about having cloudy piss always cracks me up…..while Set It Off plays in the background.

    • Kirk Lazarus

      “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” – yea I don’t think you gone find a better pick up line than “girl you smell sweeter than plate of yams, with eckra surup!”

      • TMA

        @Sasha: I love that line. But I love Outkast in general.
        @Kirk: Lol! Exactly.

      • Mo

        Yes…that song was FIRE! “One ninja dun took his shirt off like, “who else wanna f-k with hollywood coke?” Loves it!

        And I completely co-sign The Roots “You Got Me!” LOVE IT!

        • http://coopdujour.wordpress.com Coop

          *sneaks in*
          It’s Hollywood Court. They were apartments.
          *sneaks out*

          • Ms. Butta’sWorth

            I saw that, but I gave it the benefit of a doubt that it was possibly a typo….tho’ it was a bit far fetched… heh heh… ….but who am I?…I’ve made my share of typos (on here) as well. LOL

    • AtypicalLibrarian

      “I mean, even at my age, I would still be flattered if a dude said I reminded him of a brown stallion horse with skates on.”

      Me too

    • http://alovelydai.blogspot.com Alovelydai

      “Silent Treatment” – The Roots is the most perfectly balanced quiet storm EVER! I don’t even need the lyric..I listen to this instrumental!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      welcome and sh*t

    • Angelaontoday

      I love your list!

  • http://www.twitter.com/ethiopianboy That Damn African

    The Roots – “You Got Me” is definitely one of my favorites. And not just because Black is talking about an Ethiopian woman. (Ethiopia, stand up!)

    Common – “The Light”

    • coldsweat3

      lol i didnt even see this post till after i hit submit.

      cosign 100%

      • http://www.twitter.com/ethiopianboy That Damn African

        Hahaha, it happens. Glad you agree!

    • http://www.pinchmycheekie.blogspot.com Cheekie

      Common – “The Light” << *swoons* I was about to put that, too. Love ya for that, TDA.

      • Mrs. Dr. Evil

        (deep sigh)

      • http://www.twitter.com/ethiopianboy That Damn African

        That song is too smooth. It was the first one I thought of when I saw the post title.

        Common might have the most love songs of any rapper. (No, Drake doesn’t count. He’s a part-time rapper.)

    • Gem of the Ocean

      its stupid retarded how empowering com’s love lyrics are in “the light”…

      theres so much in a name and so much more in you

      if heaven had a height you would be that tall

      my hearts dictionary defines you its love and happiness

      as my reflection in light ima lead you

      • http://www.twitter.com/ethiopianboy That Damn African

        “ts stupid retarded how empowering com’s love lyrics are in “the light”…”

        Truth. It’s just so real.

        “I know your heart is weathered by what studs did to you
        I ain’t gon’ assault em cause I probably did it too
        Because of you, feelings I handle with care
        Some (ninjas) recognize the light but they can’t handle the glare”

        • http://www.pinchmycheekie.blogspot.com Cheekie

          ““I know your heart is weathered by what studs did to you
          I ain’t gon’ assault em cause I probably did it too
          Because of you, feelings I handle with care
          Some (ninjas) recognize the light but they can’t handle the glare””

          I am swooning with glee right now…

    • Sula

      Common – “The Light”

      That is one of my favorites! For personal reasons, and because the song is just dope…

      “You don’t need a whole day to recognize sunshine”… Yes!

  • MsEsquire77

    I love The Roots “You Got Me” but I prefer the live version with Jill Scott singing the chorus.

    I’m also a big fan of Method Man and Mary’s “You’re All I Need To Get By”.

    • Gem of the Ocean

      yeah man, jill kilt it.

      • http://thatbitchstolemyline.com B.Collins

        “International Players Anthem”-that first verse w/ Andre is just so damn pleasant. I love it. “I hate to see y’all frown, but I’d rather see her smiling.” I love the sampling of “I Choose You” and I love the way he explains his part and then the beat just comes in. AHHH, i love it. And that wedding looks like it was a blast.

        Love that “Undying Love” & “You Got Me” are on the list. Great classic songs that tell a story everyone can identify with. I think the overwhelming theme of these songs is the stories they tell. That’s what’s missing from these silly rappers right now. I don’t even know if Wacka Flocka knows what a story is. They just see how many words they can get to rhyme with “pamper” for just over three minutes.

        • http://thatbitchstolemyline.com B.Collins

          God, how could I forget “Song Cry” by Jay-Z

          • http://musicmakesmehigh.wordpress.com Reecie

            Song Cry is one of my faves. Soon you’ll Understand also…

          • bougiefruit

            I literally fall into a blissful coma every time I hear “Song Cry”. He’s so trifling yet poetic.

        • legitimate_soul

          B. Collins I totally agree on “International Players Anthem” and everything you said about it.

        • Humble_One

          @B. Collins

          How could I forget “International Player’s Anthem”? This most definitely should be on everyone’s list

        • Peyso

          International Playas Anthem cant go on the list. The rest of the track ruined any loviness it had lol

          • Sula

            The rest of the track ruined any loviness it had lol

            Word. Life. Especially Big Boi ramming on Paul McCartney. :)

          • legitimate_soul

            @Peyso,

            Gotta respectfully disagree. According to the post the song is perfect for varying forms of love and perfect for the various thoughts folks might privately have at a wedding. The romantic thoughts of a groom saying goodbye to his singlehood and choosing his bride, his boys wondering if he is doing the right thing and standing by him, the dude who hawking for other chicks at the wedding doing the choosing, and the one wounded who don’t trust women and is thinking about their money and a pre-nup. It fits.

          • http://thatbitchstolemyline.com B.Collins

            @peyso i said “first verse,” but @legitimate kinda explained the whole song, so i’m in for the whole thing. love it. pressing play as we speak

    • thatchic

      @msesquire77…I love The Roots “You Got Me” but I prefer the live version with Jill Scott singing the chorus.

      yes she did! btw i just saw her in concert with maxwell and that chick floors me everytime…simply amazing

      • MsEsquire77

        @thatchic

        I saw Jill a couple years ago and she blew me away. Her voice is so damn strong and pure. She makes me want to fall in love then take vocal lessons so I can write a song about it!!

        I love all of her songs but the live version of “The Way” with Mike Phillips on sax melts me EVERY time I hear it.

        • Mo

          Jill can come to someone’s backyard and set up and charge $350 per ticket and I’d find a way to be there. She is THAT.GOOD!

          Easy Conversation is the BEST.SONG.EVER! I know we’re supposed to be talking about Hip-hop, but she kills all genres! Straight up. Loves her :-)

      • Sula

        btw i just saw her in concert with maxwell and that chick floors me everytime…simply amazing

        isn’t she the best/baddest! Her voice is melodious not a single false note! I really enjoyed the concert.

    • Keisha Brown

      i can’t believe it took this much scrolling before someone mentioned this song!!!!! when i opened the post, that was my first (and only) thought.

    • SmartFoxGirl

      @MsEsquire77
      I love The Roots “You Got Me” but I prefer the live version with Jill

      Yes I was going to say the same thing…the version with Jill was way better

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      I love The Roots “You Got Me” but I prefer the live version with Jill Scott singing the chorus.

      what to you think of the dave chapelle block party version?

      • http://natashasjourney-natasha.blogspot.com Natasha

        what to you think of the dave chapelle block party version?

        The performance was crazy!!! Jill gave me goose bumps. I hate I will not be seeing her when she comes to DC this week:(

      • http://musicmakesmehigh.wordpress.com Reecie

        that block party version with both Jill and Badu is bananas! its so awesome and booming.

      • MsEsquire77

        I’d never heard it so I had to look it up. Just heard it on YouTube and I love it! Can’t believe i didn’t know about it. Thanks :)

      • brotherspanky

        Couldn’t get with the disco-siren ‘whooo’s that Erykah starts yelling on the outro vamp. I think there was a little weirdness added to the fact that JillyfromPhilly wrote it, but Erykah(had3babiesdifrintdudes)Badu got all the shine.

        And btw, even in the liner notes, Eve gets NO CREDIT for that track. Kinda triflin, Tariq.

    • http://naturalbloggingsofayoungsocialworker.blogspot.com/ Stacy Australia

      Maybe I overlooked it but I know this can not be the first time somebody mentioned “All I need to get by”- that song is the ish!!!! I think it is one of the top “Hip-Hop love songs”

  • Satya

    You mentioned most of the ones I was going to say Champie. You got me, passing me by, and me and my gf.

    -Common and Mary J- Come close
    -Erykah Badu and Common- Love of my life
    I see someone wrote Ex-Factor, so on that note I shall ass
    -D’Angelo and Lauryn Hill- Nothing Even Matters

    • MsEsquire77

      Great list! I love all of these songs :)

      I adored the video for “Come Close”. (I have a special place in my heart for the Deaf and this video is so sweet.)

      “Love of My Life” makes me sing and dance. (Common and Erykah were dressed like crazed hippies in the video but they were still an adorable couple)

      “Nothing Even Matters” has been know to get me choked up. (Damn, I wish D’Angelo would put down the drugs and biscuits and get back in the studio!!)

      • http://www.pinchmycheekie.blogspot.com Cheekie

        Girrrrrrrl! This list!!!

      • http://www.nicknotnikki.blogspot.com Nick_L_Odeon

        i JUST heard nothing even matters in the car..
        and was like “THIS is so beautiful..”
        it’s everything i wish love was…

    • Satya

      I really meant to write add*
      I guess bumpingmy head has begun to effect me

    • http://www.twitter.com/ethiopianboy That Damn African

      -D’Angelo and Lauryn Hill- Nothing Even Matters

      YASSSS! (d’angelo, stop playing games and MAKE SOME MUSIC!)

      • IJstDntUnderstand

        “Nothing Even Matters” makes me want to find a nice man to hold and sing that song to.That used to be my bedtime song so I could have sweet dreams….bringing back memories!

        • http://www.twitter.com/ethiopianboy That Damn African

          I loved singing that joint too. I mean if you’re looking for someone to sing to, I have ears and my momma raised me right so I feel like I could qualify.

      • Blacklaw

        u aint never lied homie

      • http://www.twitter.com/livelovelibra L Boogie

        *goes to youtube to listen to song*

        *swoons*

    • YGB

      See this list right here is the tarruth!

    • Da Iceman

      Good choices here

    • Keisha Brown

      my name is tanya and i approve this whole list.
      *fb thumbs up here.

    • Keisha Brown

      My name is Tanya and I approve this whole list.