Wale sits in a classroom in the video for "The Breakup Song".
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808s and Heartbreaks: The Best Lyrics For Hip-Hip Heads Who Are Going Through a Breakup

Nothing can ease heartbreak like the perfect rap playlist. Here are the lyrics that every hip-hop head who is going through a breakup needs to hear.


Jan. 23 2024, Published 11:54 a.m. ET

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Cuffing season has come and gone and there's no ditching the breakups ahead.

Listening to music is a great way to get through a very hard time, including but not limited to a bad breakup, and rap music is no different.

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Whether you want to listen to a song that makes you want that old thing back or to move on as quickly as possible, hip-hop has you covered. Tune in for rap lyrics about breaking up below!

"The Breakup Song" — Wale

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Rapper Wale performs onstage during day 2 of 2021 AfroPunk Atlanta at Atlantic Station Pinnacle on September 26, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

“See, breaking up is hard to move along is even harder / It's over she got colder now can't locate where her heart is.” — Wale ("The Breakup Song")

Wale sampled Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do” and gave this banger the magic touch it needed. The empathetic, lowkey breakup anthem appeared on More About Nothing.

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"The Blame Game" — Kanye West, John Legend

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Recording artists John Legend (L) and Kanye West attend the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

“I'd rather argue with you than to be with someone else." — Kanye West ("The Blame Game")

Kanye explores the vulnerabilities and complexities that come with love as well as the trail of confusion and destruction that ensues with breakups. Shifting the blame just causes further pain and turmoil.

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"IFHY" — Tyler, the Creator

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Tyler, the Creator and Kali Uchis perform onstage at the 2023 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 16, 2023 in Indio, California.

“I love you so much that my heart stops beating when you're leaving / And I'm grieving and my heart starts bleeding / Life without you has no godd--n meaning." — Tyler, the Creator ("IFHY")

Tyler The Creator's "IFHY" dives into emotional and introspective themes, showing that breakups can trigger a host of insecurities and instabilities within a person. Though Tyler did not make the most romantic song, he was very honest about how it feels to end a relationship.

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Feel No Ways —- Drake

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Drake performs during Wicked (Spelhouse Homecoming Concert) Featuring 21 Savage at Forbes Arena at Morehouse College on October 19, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

"I had to let go of us to show myself what I could do / And that just didn't sit right with you." — Drake ("Feel No Ways")

In "Feel No Ways," Drake explains how breakups can be for the best — but perceived as the worst by the person that's being broken up with.

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"Back Like That" — Ghostface Killah, Ne-Yo

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Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan performs during a stop of the N.Y. State of Mind tour at MGM Grand Garden Arena on October 21, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"On the side, I might have had one or two / But them silly broads wasn't nothing on you / Rolling with him, tryna get revenge / That s--t, you just don't do." — Ne-Yo ("Back Like That")

This song has a soulful R&B hook sung by Ne-Yo and the lyrical component rapped by Ghostface Killah depicts the anger and grittiness that ensues during and after a breakup.

Both parties are free to move on in whatever direction they prefer after they part ways, but nobody wants their ex to move on with one of their enemies.

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