Down and Out: Sad Hip Hop Songs We Love

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  • Eve
  • DMX
  • Pete Rock and CL Smooth
  • Kanye West
  • Bone Thugs N Harmony
  • Tupac
  • DMX
  • T.I.
  • Nas
  • Drake
  • Tupac, Drake, Kanye West
  • Tupac
  • Jay-Z
  • Lost Boyz
  • Tupac
  • Notorious B.I.G.
  • D.R.S.
  • Diddy
  • Eminem
  • Ghostface Killah
  • Immortal Technique

Pete Rock and CL Smooth, "T.R.O.Y."

"When they reminisce over you, my God." In hip hop circles, this is one of the most beloved songs for the homies we've lost. Pete Rock and CL Smooth penned this one after the sudden, accidental death of Heavy D & the Boyz' Troy "Trouble T Roy" Dixon. The saxophone uplifts on this matter-of-fact celebration of life, the preferred way of many societies to reflect on death.

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