Down and Out: Sad Hip Hop Songs We Love

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

Jay-Z, "Song Cry"

"Can't see it rolling down my eyes/ so I gotta let this song cry," Jay-Z explains as "Song Cry" opens over a Just Blaze beat. It was on his sixth studio album, The Blueprint (a live version also placed on Jay-Z: Unplugged), and it was the first time he devoted an entire track to flipping his "Big Pimpin'" hustler image into that of a Clyde who may actually one day find his Bonnie.

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