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"Hey Lover": Check Out Some of the Most Iconic Love Songs in Hip-Hop History

Did you wake up choosing violence *and* romance? Here are five rap love songs for her to set the mood with melodies that will get her in her feels.


Dec. 7 2023, Published 12:15 p.m. ET

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Who said rap can’t be romantic?

Music is known for helping set the mood for special moments and hip-hop is no different.

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Whether you are in the mood to two-step or to get hot and heaving, the hip-hop genre has you covered. When it comes to slowing down the pace while experiencing lyrical genius, look no further than the songs below.

"Hey Lover" — LL Cool J

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LL Cool J attends as Shari Redstone & Gelila Assefa Puck Host Rebuilding Bridges Dinner at Spago on October 17, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California.

Ladies love Cool James and it’s clear to see why with hits like "Hey Lover." It’s impossible to lose when sampling "The Lady in My Life" by Micheal Jackson and having Boyz II Men singing the hook.

This hit single was released from his album Mr.Smith and peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song also nabbed a GRAMMY Award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1997.

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"All I Need" — Method Man

“Shorty, I’m there for you any time you need me / For real, girl it’s me in your world, believe me / Nothing make a man feel better than a woman / Queen with a crown that be down for whatever.”

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Method Man and Mary J. Blige teamed up for this remix providing a tear-jerking ode to love and commitment. It was preceded by Method Man’s "Bring the Pain."

Though the delivery was rugged and raw, the lyricism combined with vocals by Mary makes "All Need" the perfect love song to set the mood.

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The song samples the wildly popular song "You’re All I Need to Get By" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. The record is Method’s man biggest hit, peaking at No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

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"V. 3005" — Childish Gambino

"No matter what you say or what you do / When I'm alone, I'd rather be with you / F--k these other n---as I'll be right by your side 'til 3005."

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No one has their lover's back as much as Childish Gambino, also known as Donald Glover, does in this ballad.

Released on his album Because the Internet in 2013, Childish Gambino’s unique approach to this love song leaves listeners with all of the feels.

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"Prototype" — Outkast

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Andre 3000 attends the GQ Men of the Year Party 2023 VIP dinner at Chateau Marmont on November 16, 2023 in Los Angeles, California

This song is hip-hop’s version of "Someone Like You" by Adele. This funky acoustic ballad has been covered by multiple artists, including DRAM and Tame Impala. "Prototype" was released as Andre 3000’s final single off of the joint album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.

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"LOVE." — Kendrick Lamar

"Keep it a hundred, I’d rather you trust me than to (love me) / Keep it a whole one hundred, if I don’t got you I got nothing."

Kendrick Lamar switches his flow around three times in the romantic masterpiece. Released off of his studio album DAMN, Kendrick never ceases to amaze us with his unique storytelling lyrics.

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