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Top 10 Hip Hop Tributes to Mom

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When they’re not singing or rapping about any and everything NSFW, these artists just want to give props to where they came from . And we’re not talking about the ‘hood. These are our favorite hip-hop and rap tributes to mom! Hey, gangstas need love, too! If you take a listen to these songs, its pretty clear that these tough guys are just big teddy bears at heart.

10. Mr. T – Treat Your Mother Right: Ok, so Mr. T isn’t what we’d call a rapper, but he put out a motivational video he did called “Be Somebody…or Be Somebody’s Fool”, he performed this so song. Get this: the rap was written by Ice T!

Favorite lyric: “Mother. There is no other. Mother. So treat her right. Mother. I’ll always love her. Mother. So treat her right”

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9. Snoop Dogg – I Love My Mama:  Snoop’s mama stuck with him through all the drama.  Pretty stark contrast to his harder songs like ‘Ghetto Symphony’. We always knew Snoop had a soft spot for the sentimental, though.

Favorite Lyric: “The first one to hold me. The first one to scold me. You never cease to teach me. And always try to reach me. “

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8. Jay-Z – Blueprint( Momma Loves Me): It’s no secret that Jay-Z is a huge fan of his mother, Gloria Carter. She regularly attends awards show as his date; it’s completely adorable. It’s very clear that they have a strong bond.

Favorite Lyric: “Momma loved me, pop left me. Grandma dressed me, plus she fed me banana puddin, what’s in the hood then.”

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7. R. Kelly – Sweet Sadie: R Kelly’s mother’s name wasn’t Sadie. It was Joanne, and she passed away in 1993. This song is a beautiful honor to her memory.

Favorite Lyric: “I Love you mama. I just can’t forget how you gave me love. If there’s a Heaven up above I know she’s teaching angels how to love.”

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6. Ghostface Killah- All I Got is You: Killah acknowledges all that his mother and grandmother sacrificed for him from a young age. The song is a heartbreaking description of his rough childhood and how his mother helped him though.

Favorite Lyric: “All that I got is you, and I’m so thankful I made it through.”

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5. Nas – Dance: Nas’ mother succumbed to breast cancer just months before this song was released on his album “God’s Son”. This heartbreaking song describes the one last dance the rapper wanted with his mom.

Favorite Lyric:  “I wish you were here, I miss you more each second I breathe.”

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4. Kanye West – Hey Mama: This sweet song is about Kanye’s mother, Donda West, who passed away in 2007. This song is such a poignant interpretation of grief by Kanye.

Favorite Lyric: ““Let me tell you what I’m about to do.  I know I act a fool but, I promise you I’m goin back to school.”

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3. Talib Kweli – Momma Can You Hear Me: This emotional song is one that we’re sure Talib’s mom would cherish. It’s no surprise that Kanye West collaborated on this song, the subject is surely close to his heart.

Favorite Lyric:  “She showed me how to shoot for the stars until I put a hole in the sky.”

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2.  Boyz II Men – A Song For Mama: This is a soulful tune that we’re sure any mom would want to hear this Mother’s Day. Breakfast in bed and Boyz II Men. Mmm…

Favorite Lyric: “Your love is like tears from the stars. Mama I just want you to know lovin’ you is like food to my soul. Yes it is, yes it is, oh, yes it is, yes it is, yes it is oh”

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1. Tupac Shakur – Dear Mama: This tune is one of Tupac’s most poignant and popular tracks. He pays heartfelt tribute to is mother, Afeni Shakur, a former political activist and strong influence on his life. No hologram needed to feel the emotion in this song.

Favorite Lyric: “There are no words that can express how I feel. You never kept a secret, always stayed real. And I appreciate, how you raised me. And all the extra love that you gave me.”

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-Robyn Luttrell, 97.1 AMP Radio, Los Angeles

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