Down and Out: Sad Hip Hop Songs We Love

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  • 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
  • Tupac, Drake, Kanye West

Lost Boyz, "Renee"

In one of the best examples of hip hop storytelling in a singular song, the Lost Boyz give life to an around-the-way princess named Renee. Though the narration of simultaneous hope and despair ends in tragedy, it makes it all the more poignant in the delivery of its lesson: "Ghetto love is the law that we live by."

(Photo: Uptown Records)

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