Down and Out: Sad Hip Hop Songs We Love

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  • Tupac, Drake, Kanye West
  • Tupac
  • Jay-Z
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  • 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
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  • T.I.
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Tupac, "Dear Mama"

Tupac once said that when he wrote this song, "It just came out, like tears." And indeed, there was such ease with which his voice danced on the keys of the "Sadie" sample and plucked at the heart strings of truths like: "Ain't a woman alive that could take my mama's place." When he played it for his mom, Afeni Shakur, she cried. When he shared it with the world, via his 1995 Me Against the World album, it became certified platinum and remembered as one of the best in his catalogue. (Photo: Death Row Records)

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