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Are They Really Your Best Friend if You Haven’t Dedicated These Rap Songs to Them? We Think Not

Best friends are there for us during the best — and worst — moments of our lives. Here's what songs you should dedicate to your day ones.


Feb. 8 2024, Published 1:13 p.m. ET

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Music is a universal love language and selecting the ideal hip-hop song to dedicate to a friend is similar to crafting a personalized musical masterpiece.

While the choices are endless, it is key to choose a song that represents the relationship's dynamic first and foremost. As a genre, rap music has evolved from its humble beginnings into a powerful form of social commentary and self-expression.

Here are some songs that are the perfect addition to your closest friend's playlist.

"No New Friends" — DJ Khaled

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DJ Khaled is known to curate some memorable songs. He does it flawlessly by connecting some of the most prominent artists who are able to bring out the essence of the record. In "No New Friends," Drake carries the entire song by stating:

"Still here with my day one n----s, so you hear me say / No new friends, no new friends, no new friends, no, no new / I still ride with my day one n----s, I don't really need / No new friends, no new friends, no new friends, no, no new."

It is the ultimate loyalty anthem.

"Never Let Me Down" — Kanye West J. Ivy and Jay-Z

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There is something very nostalgic about Kanye West and Jay-Z's friendship. The duo undeniably has one of the most iconic albums in history, Watch The Throne. But long before that compilation of work, they hopped on the track "Never Let Me Down," which is one of the most underrated tracks on Kanye's iconic debut album, College Dropout.

Everything from the symphonic intro of the song and the heavy-ladden bars from both rap geniuses is brilliant. This is the perfect song to share with your day ones.

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"Clique" — Kanye West, JAY-Z, and Big Sean

Ye has always been at the front line of culture-shifting moments and he did just that with "Clique." The catchphrase "Ain't nobody fresher than my clique" is a declaration of loyalty, friendship, and a long-standing, unbreakable bond.

This is definitely one to send to the group chat.

"I Ain’t Mad at Cha" — 2 Pac

Tupac Shakur was known for his depth and ability to see things beyond the surface. In "I Ain't Mad at Cha," the late rapper discussed the ebbs and flows of friendship and the impact that time can have on that dynamic.

Although the song was released after he died, his introspective lyricism and profound ability to reflect on real-life scenarios shone through more than ever.

"Now the whole s--t's changed and we don't even kick it / Got a big money scheme and you ain't even with it / Knew in my heart you was the same motherf----r that / Go toe-to-toe when it's time to roll, you got a brother's back."

It's a line that many of us with childhood friends can relate to all too well.

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