15 Songs To Play On Valentine’s Day You Probably Forgot About
For those who want a hip hop Valentine’s Day.
Sometimes, the best words to express how you feel are already in a love song. As a Valentine’s Day treat, we’ve got the perfect Valentine’s Day playlist for you and your boo. Instead of taking the easy way out and compiling R&B songs which are already meant for love, we decided to look at some of the best love songs in Hip-Hop you probably forgot about.
1. “The Light”
Like Water for Chocolate (2000)
With both its lyrics about love and instructions on how to keep it, “The Light” truly is one of the greatest love songs of ALL time. Although line for line, word for word, the song is filled with amazing lines about love, we’ve got to give it up to the second verse.
Favorite Line: “I never call you my b**ch or even my boo. There’s so much in a name and so much more in you. Few understand the union of woman and man, and sex and a tingle is where they assume that it land. But that’s fly by night for you and the sky I write, for in these cold Chi night’s moon, you my light. If heaven had a height, you would be that tall. Ghetto to coffee shop, through you I see that all,” down to the last line in the verse, “Granted we known each other for some time, it don’t take a whole day to recognize sunshine.”
2. “Part II (On The Run)”
Jay-Z f. Beyonce
Magna Carta… Holy Grail (2013)
Though Jay-Z’s lyrics such as “You know it’s till death, I hope it’s obvi to n***as,” were so intense that you KNOW he meant every syllable, it was Beyonce’s passionate hook that sent chills up our spines. His lyrics accompanied by her singing “I don’t care if they give me life, I get all of my life from you. And if loving you had a price, I would pay my life for you” make you FEEL how much they mean it.
Favorite Line: “Deeper then words, beyond right. Die for your love, beyond life. Sweet as a Jesus piece, beyond ice.”
3. “She Needs Me”
Kendrick Lamar EP (2009)
Though it may be separated, real love doesn’t die. That’s the message behind Kendrick’s “She Needs Me.” The lyrics of the song paint the picture of a strong, hard working woman that still recognizes she needs K. Dot. They drift apart, eventually leading her to a new relationship. However, as soon as she gets the opportunity to move forward for good, they realize how much they need each other.
Favorite Line: “She needs me, she needs me, she needs me, she needs me. Even if we seem to separate, eventually it’ll come to pass, and she’ll need me. I need her, we need we.”
4. “All I Need”
Method Man f. Mary J. Blige
Whether it’s because of the perfectly timed Notorious B.I.G. samples of “Me & My B**ch” (“Lie together, cry together. I swear to God I hope we fucking die together”) or Method’s man blatant expression of love, “All I Need” is easily a fan favorite and a classic love song.
Favorite Line: “I’m realizing that you didn’t have to funk with me. But you did, now I’m going all out kid, and I got mad love to give. You my n***a!”
5. “Make Me Better”
Fabolous f. Ne-Yo
From Nothin’ to Somethin’ (2007)
What better way to tell someone you love them than by rapping about how they compliment you? That’s exactly what Fab did. Telling a guy or girl you need them can sometimes come off as a bit desperate, but telling them “hey I’m good by myself, but you? You make me better” is sure to appeal to anyone. Fab had a couple of great hip-hop love tracks, but this one gave enough without giving too much.
Favorite Line: “You plus me, it equals better math. Your boy a good look but she my better half. I’m already bossin, already flossin’, but why have the cake if it ain’t got the sweet frostin’?”
6. “International Player’s Anthem (I Choose You)”
UGK f. Outkast
Underground Kingz (2007)
For most, the most memorable line in this song is “Keep your heart, 3 stacks, keep your heart.” So it may come as a surprise that this one was chosen as a love song. However, the premise of the song is ultimately giving up your pimping for the woman who you love. While sometimes silly, the lyrics can actually be quite romantic. Andre 3000’s verse at the beginning set it off perfectly as he explains how upon settling down with her, he’s willing to give up all the other girls.
Favorite Line: “So I typed a text to a girl I used to see, sayin’ that I chose this cutie pie with whom I wanna be, and I apologize if this message gets you down. Then I CC’ed every girl that I’d see-seen ’round town. And hate to see y’all frown but I’d rather see her smilin’.”
7. “With You” (Remix)
JDiggz f. Drake & George Nozuka
Memoirs of a Playbwoy (2007)
A tale about more innocent, early-on love, “With You” sums up what it is to fall in love with someone who is your friend first. Drake’s verse really gets us. Be mindful, this is prior to his So Far Gone mixtape, which changed everything. Drake’s verse here was very pure and raw.
Favorite Line: “In need of substance, not something material. I’m talking D’Angelo and Lucky Charms cereal. University sweaters and sweatpants, girl you look so good to me that I’ll save you the next dance. Natural, no make-up, and every time we wake up, I’m happy the other side of the bed is what you take up.”
8. “You Got Me”
The Roots f. Erykah Badu & Eve
Things Fall Apart (1999)
A song about withstanding love no matter what pressures come arise, “You Got Me” is a dope song about love and loyalty.
Favorite Line: “Time passed, we back in Philly now she up in my spot, telling me the things I’m telling her is making her hot. Starting building with her constantly round the clock. Now she in my world like hip-hop.”
Tha Carter II (2005)
The opening line of the track captures the entire scope of the song. While it may seem hard to imagine Weezy romancing a girl, and one girl only, this song proves he can.
Favorite Line: “Young broad, I know you love me like you never loved. You know you couldn’t find a better thug.”
10. “Come Close”
Common f. Mary J. Blige
Electric Circus (2002)
Yes, Common makes the list twice. “Come Close” is another love jam by the lyrical rapper that deserves praise, and your boo-thang will love. The song SCREAMS love. If the lyrics don’t give you the chills, the visuals definitely will!
Favorite Line: “It’s destiny that we connected girl. You and I, we can affect the world. I’m tired of the fast lane. I want you to have my last name.”
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
The lyrics speak for themselves. 3 Stacks singing about having found the one, talking about being what love is modeled after. Those are deep lyrics.
Favorite Line: “I hope that you’re the one. If not, you are the prototype. We’ll tiptoe to the sun, and do thangs I know you like.”
12. “Put It On Me”
Ja Rule f. Lil’ Mo & Vita
Rule 3:36 (2000)
Remember when Ja Rule was on top, and had some of the baddest ladies in the game on his crew? One of the most passionate love hip-hop songs was released during his reign. Yup, “Put It On Me.” Despite it’s title, it was actually a very deep love story. It was a good look from Ja. Beside him, Vita held her own on the track, putting on for the ladies and their retrospect in tough relationships.
Favorite Line: “Where would I be without my baby?!”
13. “No Better Love”
Tough Luv (2004)
Could it be the recycled Jay-Z “Take You Home With Me A.K.A. Booty” f. R. Kelly line, or the hook? The intro line, “For the ladies!” Or maybe it’s the overall energy Young Chris and Neef give off. Whatever it is, this song is definitely a memorable love rap song from the then Roc-A-Fella signed duo.
Favorite Line: “I think I might wife her. You know, powder blue Roc-A-Wear suit, white Nike.”
14. “What You Want”
Mase f. Total
Harlem World (1997)
Mase talks about wanting to see both him and his girl living better. The lyrics are both fun and meaningful. I mean, whenever a Bad Boy rapper talks about putting money second to a girl, you know it’s real love.
Favorite Line: “Now the more you treat me royal, I adore you. That’s why I don’t mind doing these things for you. You did things for me I wouldn’t believe you did. That’s why I always want to keep you here.”
15. “White Dress”
The Man With The Iron Fists Film Soundtrack (2012)
A raw love song dedicated to your fiance screams romantic! Produced by Kanye and RZA, the track tells their story from beginning to end, specific enough to resonate with their relationship, yet general enough for you to enjoy with your boo!
Favorite Line: “So a n***a had to hop on a plane, a bus and a train, to try to come and talk and explain. Rented the whole bottom floor for a candlelight dinner. Turned the lights out and put my candle right in her. And told her, ‘Even though I met you in a club in a tight dress, at first sight I could picture you in a white dress.'”
BONUS. “Interlude (That’s Love)”
Chance The Rapper
Acid Rain (2013)
Even though it’s only an interlude, of course our Artist Of The Week made it to our list. The interlude wraps up love into lyrical verse, drawing comparisons and painting a picture as far as what makes love.
Favorite Line: The entire verse!
“What’s better than tripping is falling in love. What’s better than Letterman, Leno, Fallon, and all the above? What’s better than popping bottles trying to ball in the club, is the first caveman pops with his son, ball and a club. What’s better than paper is ballin’ it up. What’s better than followers is actually fallin’ in love. What’s better than frolicking, follies, fallin’ in mud, rolling in green pastures, wanderin’, followin’ love? What’s better than eating is feeding your fam. What’s better than meetings is missing meetings to meet with your fam. What’s better than leaning and needing a Xan, is hitting your zan dreaming a dream could mean leaving the land. What’s better than yelling is hollerin’ love. What’s better than rhymes, nickels, dimes and dollars and dubs, is dialing up your darling just for callin’ her up. It ain’t nothing better than fallin’ in love.”